The Home Visit

The Operation House Call Home Visit

Operation House Call believes that families have much to teach about loving and raising a child with significant developmental differences. This includes, but is not limited to, their personal experience in receiving care from health care professionals.

During class you and a partner are given your family host assignment. Your family will be waiting for your contact, ideally within a day or two of class. You and your partner should schedule a home visit that is convenient to their needs.

The home visit gives you the opportunity to meet an individual with a disability and their family during a time uncomplicated by the need for acute care. A visit lasts two hours. You are expected to interact with all members of the family present, to ask questions, to listen and observe. Families will want you to play or talk with their child/children or adult family member with developmental disability.

Families will expect you to guide your learning with questions. You are not expected to do any personal care or to advise the family on medical issues. Sample questions are provided on the website to help each student guide their own learning. However feel free to ask your own questions, keeping in mind the need to do so in sensitive manner. Families welcome the chance to help you learn in any way they can.

Reading the family visit student evaluation form handed out in class will help you understand basic expectations about your visit. The families fill in this form for every visiting student. This form should be delivered in person to the family when you arrive at their home, and will be mailed back to your school to complete your home visit requirement. You will also have an opportunity to give feedback about your experience at the end of this rotation. Finally, remember the families volunteer to be part of this program; they look forward to meeting you. So relax, have fun and enjoy!

Important: It is a program expectation that you reach your host family within the first week to schedule your home visit together. These busy families can be hard to reach, so leave an email, make a telephone call, and keep trying. Contact your OHC Parent Instructor if there are problems you truly cannot resolve. Please note: failure to meet these expectations will risk a note of unprofessional behavior in your record.