Safety in Care Homes and at Home

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Top ten resources looking at safety in care homes and at home.

Frail older people are at risk of adverse events in care homes and their own homes.  There are a number of resources below that highlight work to reduce medication errors.  Small improvements can have a big impact on experience and safety of older people at home.  The Alzheimer’s Society factsheet, ‘Care in the Home’,  gives advice on a number of areas that could be improved.  There is also an example of an innovative patient-centred model currently running in Manchester, which provides reviews in the community to prevent emergency admissions.

  1. Improving healthcare support in care homes - South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  2. Medicines optimisation in care homes - The King's Fund

  3. Care homes' use of medicines study: prevalence, causes and potential harm of medication errors in care homes for older people - BMJ Quality and Safety (Open Access)

  4. Improving medication safety for people in care homes: thoughts and experiences from carers and relatives - The Health Foundation

  5. Safety Thermometer in Oldham Care Homes with Nursing Beds - Harmfree Care

  6. Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers - getting the medicines right - Royal Pharmaceutical Society

  7. No more excuses: The health care needs of older care home residents must be met - British Geriatrics Society

  8. Factsheet: safety in the home - Alzheimer's Society

  9. Time to listen in care homes - Care Quality Commission

  10. Improving Patient Safety in Nursing Homes: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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