Sometimes parents have trouble providing a safe and nurturing home. Public Health
Nurses offer teaching and guidance. They listen and explore options with parents
and connect a family to health care and other resources. A family is helped to
understand how to care for their child and provide a healthy home environment.
What are the benefits of the Early Intervention Program?
The Public Health Nurse works with a family in their home to teach parents how to
keep their child safe and healthy.
- Children are able to remain safely at home or return home
- Children receive health care and other services they need
- Children develop to their fullest potential
Assessing family needs
With each home visit, the nurse assesses the home environment and determines that
the child’s basic needs are being met. Family member strengths and needs are
assessed. Child safety risk and protective factors are discussed and prioritized
with the family. Services are matched to the family's needs and abilities.
Education and counseling
The Public Health Nurse teaches parents how to keep their child safe and healthy
and how to help their child develop. Education regarding home safety, hygiene,
nutrition and parenting are provided. Options are explored and problem solutions
developed with the family.
Accessing healthcare and social services
Coordinating services and linking a family with resources occurs.
Referrals to this program must come from the case worker at Children’s Administration.
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