An evaluation of the Wave One of the Home Care Collaborative has been conducted and the evaluation confirmed that during the relatively short duration of Wave One the Collaborative was able to help teams demonstrate a reduction in falls in small pilot samples of their client populations. Their ability to sustain the improvements and active plans for spread indicates that some teams will have a high probability of success in scaling up their change strategies. The Collaborative was highly successful in helping organizations identify areas for improvement, scope their goals, identify measurement requirements and choose tailored change strategies. Participants commented that they felt their personal QI knowledge had definitely increased by participating in the Collaborative, particularly in terms of measurement.
The Quality Improvement Coaching resources provided in Wave One were considered invaluable, and in response to feedback Coaching resources focused on Teamwork and Communication have been brought on board by CHCA for Wave Two of the Home Care Collaborative. Wave Two began on February 15, 2017 with eight teams selected with coast to coast representation including direct service providers and health authorities. An exciting roster of expert speakers have been assembled to teach content and share real life experiences in quality improvement with the participants. Potential areas for improvement identified by the teams include Harm from Falls, Medication Safety, Improved Care of Clients with Dementia, and Health Care Acquired Infections.