Health Care & Home Support Monitoring System

How Home Care Workers Can Use OnGuard For Personal Safety

Home care workers are constantly exposing themselves to potentially dangerous situations by visiting new and existing patients in their homes

Recently, an increase in violence against nurses has been noticed. There are now specific rules in place to help nurses be more prepared for workplace violence. The constant threat looms over every travelling nurse as they enter into unpredictable situations daily.

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When a nurse encounters a dangerous situation, they can immediately summon help with the push of a button. A discrete emergency button will send a Panic Alert to the OnGuard system opening an instant communication channel through either conventional telephone or Push to Talk. The location and well-being of the nurse is instantly transmitted to supervisory staff or a monitoring centre.

The OnGuard app allows a lone worker to use a geofence feature to place a location-based virtual fence around an address or any point on a map. This fence can have attributes attached to it that will trigger when the lone worker enters or exits the geofence. Nurses can create geofences in advance of visits so they will automatically be placed into HazLoc or Hazardous Location Mode as they arrive at each location and then taken out of HazLoc when they leave. OnGuard Hazardous Location Mode prompts the lone worker to manually acknowledge they are OK when a timed prompt pops up on screen. This tap then sends a check-in to the OnGuard system with the status and location of that check-in. If the prompt goes unacknowledged, the HazLoc state escalates to panic and automatically triggers an alert to everyone in the lone worker group and the OnGuard Web ERC. An optional 24/7 monitoring company can also be notified to handle the alert and dispatch local authorities.

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