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CHCA on the Issues - Safety at Home


The landmark report "Safety at Home: A Pan-Canadian Home Care Study", identified a 10 to 13 percent annual rate of adverse events for individuals receiving home care, with over half deemed preventable.

Home Care Experts reinforced the importance of this issues at the CHCA sponsored Pan-Canadian Consultation. 

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Home Care Safety Virtual Improvement Collaborative

A cutting-edge approach to falls management in the home setting

The Canadian Home Care Association, together with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement have launched the Home Care Safety Virtual Improvement Collaborative - a cutting-edge approach to falls management in the home setting.

Through shared learning, teams from a different jurisdictions and provider types work with each other and recognized safety experts to rapidly test and implement changes that lead to sustained improvement.


Congratulations to the CHCA Member organizations who will be involved in the first wave of this exciting initiative. 

These pioneer organizations will participate in the five month collaborative learning program and achieve the following outcomes:

  • Greater engagement of patients and their families in falls prevention
  • Increased quality improvement capacity with a focus on measuring what matters
  • Identification of concrete actions to support accreditation standards and required organizational practices 

    Check back for updates on the Collaborative and opportunities to get involved.

      Medication Management

      According to the Safety at Home study, medication related incidents are one of the top four causes of adverse events.  These events can occur due to errors in selection of the medication, writing, interpretation and labeling of medication, the patient’s understanding of the timing, dosage, frequency and method of delivery, and the compliance of the patient.  

      The MEDICATION RECONCILIATION IN HOME CARE Getting Started Kit has been written to help engage inter-professional/ interdisciplinary teams in a dynamic approach for improving quality and safety while providing a basis for getting started. The Getting Started Kit represents the most current evidence, knowledge and practice, as of the date of publication.

      Click here to download

      Safely Managing Medications in the Home Care Setting

      This webinar includes Safety at Home study findings and highlights a home care medication reconciliation pilot project. 

      Pan Canadian Safety at Home Study: Implications for Medication Safety in Home Care
      Dr. Diane Doran, Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Lead Investigator, Safety at Home: A Pan-Canadian Home Care Safety Study
      Contact: Dr. Diane Doran

      Medication Reconciliation in Home Care - The Right Thing to Do
      Margaret Colquhoun, BScPhm, RPh, FCSHP, Project Leader, Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada
      Contacl: Margaret Colquhoun

      Click here to download the webinar presentation

      Click here to access the webinar video (members only)

      Safe Use of Medication - Infographic & Links

       Safe Use of Medication

      Knowledge is the Best Medicine 

      Canadian Patient Safety Institute


      Falls Prevention

      According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) one in three Canadian seniors will experience a fall at least once each year.  Falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among older people and apart from causing injury, falls can result in chronic pain, reduced quality of life and, in severe cases, death (PHAC, 2005).  According to the Pan-Canadian Safety at Home Study 2013, home care clients typically have multiple risk factors that impact the probability and severity of falls, such as deteriorating health conditions, side effects of medications, environmental hazards and risk-taking behaviours.

      Falls Prevention – Tips and Tools

      This interactive webinar highlighted the landmark "Safety at Home: Pan-Canadian Home Care Study" and a Falls Prevention Toolkit that was developed based on the recommendations from the study.

      Pan-Canadian Safety at Home Safety Study: Implications for Falls Prevention in Home Care
      Dr. Régis Blais PhD, Professor, Department of Health Administration School of Public Health, University of Montréal
      Contact: Régis Blais 

      Home Care Falls Prevention: Leveraging Best Practices
      Julie McShane BNSc, MN, RN, Knowledge Exchange Coordinator, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
      Contact: Julie McShane  

      Click here to download the webinar presentation

      Click here to access the webinar video (members only)

      Falls Prevention Resource Guide from Canadian Patient Safety Institute

      Collection of falls prevention resources available on-line from numerous national, provincial and regional organizations.  Includes information on general falls prevention best practice guidelines, education, falls risk identification, assessment, medication safety, falls prevention initiatives and post falls care.

      Click here to access


      Last Updated: 2016 03 14