This good practice guidance describes four core principles for health care professionals and three responsibilities for organisations relating to the transfer of patients and their medications between different areas of care. It includes clear recommendations for the core content of medical records.
Patient Safety and Quality in Home Health Care (Chapter 13 of Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses)
This book chapter identifies six key areas of safety relevant to care at home including falls, wound management and unplanned hospital admissions. It provides guidelines for care in these areas tailored to the home care setting.
Improving Patient Safety in Nursing Homes: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the US has put together a compilation of a wide variety of resources for use in improving patient safety in nursing homes. This document would be a useful starting point for individuals or teams researching in this area.
Improving healthcare support in care homes - South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
This good practice case study describes the development and commissioning of an innovative healthcare model in nursing homes in South Manchester. The initiative has shown improved outcomes and could be a useful example for those considering a similar approach.
This factsheet from the Alzheimer's Society on support available for safe care of dementia patients at home is aimed at healthcare professionals, carers and patients
People with dementia occupy approximately two-thirds of all residential care beds available in the UK and design of residential facilities has been recognised as both an key experience and safety issue.