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7/29/2014 6:00 PM

​​​Safety at Home.jpgA key objective in the development of the Safety at Home: A pan-Canadian home care safety study, released in 2013, was to compile the knowledge acquired and translate it into tools and resources to improve home care safety.  The Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Canadian Home Care Association worked with the research team to create a collection of information for home care providers, clients and families, and policy makers/academics, including:

“Our vision was to develop a set of resources that clinicians, educators and policymakers could access as they are developing programs,” says Dr. Diane Doran, Co-Lead of the Safety at Home: A pan-Canadian home care safety study.  “There are a lot of resources available across the country, but the barrier was making them accessible to the people who need them at the frontline to inform care. The toolkits incorporate resources that are available Canada-wide, with information segmented by the cross-section of clients that utilize home care services, and includes specific tools to support providers in caring for their clients.”

Julie McShane, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto was the knowledge exchange coordinator who helped to create the toolkits on falls prevention, medication safety and using human factors to create a safety culture. “There is still a lot of work to be done on home care safety; this is just a starting point,” says Julie McShane. “We hope that people will take these tools to advance the safety culture in home care.”

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