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Home Environment Assessment for Families

  • By: Janet Enslein
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

A home environment assessment is conducted to evaluate a family's living situation to determine its ability to meet the health needs of all members, with consideration of their ages and functional abilities. The purpose of a home environment assessment is to determine the adequacy and safety of the physical environment and furnishings, in addition to the availability of basic needs. It is essential for identifying and addressing environmental health issues. The assessment may involve the neighborhood and yard in which the home is located, as well as the structure, furnishings and contents of the home, and utilities. In addition, it may include an assessment of the economic situation of the family.

Home environmental assessment begins prior to entering the home, with consideration of the neighborhood and ...

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