This Second Edition is a good source for those training to be home visitors, in-service home visitors, supervisors and directors of home visiting programs serving a wide range of families. Recent evaluations of home visiting are summarized and practical suggestions for evaluating local programs are also included. This is an easy to read and essential resource for both beginning and experienced home visitors, trainers, supervisors of home visitors, and directors of home visiting programs.
Managing and Maintaining Home Visits
Successful home visiting takes planning, persistence, patience, and skill in getting along with people. It also requires a home visitor to have a thorough understanding of the objectives and materials used by his or her individual program. In this chapter, we will first discuss some of the practical aspects of home visiting, including scheduling and timing, materials, safety, special circumstances, and confidentiality. We will then focus on the following three stages of home visiting: the initial home visit, ongoing home visits, and final visits. Salient issues involved in these three stages will be explored as well as practical suggestions and philosophical approaches. Home visiting is a complex profession involving changing dynamics and requiring multiple skills. We ...