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.

Improving healthcare support in care homes – South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Medicines optimisation in care homes – The King’s Fund
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)
Improving medication safety for people in care homes: thoughts and experiences from carers and relatives – The Health Foundation
Safety Thermometer in Oldham Care Homes with Nursing Beds – Harmfree Care
Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers – getting the medicines right – Royal Pharmaceutical Society
No more excuses: The health care needs of older care home residents must be met – British Geriatrics Society
Factsheet: safety in the home – Alzheimer’s Society
Time to listen in care homes – Care Quality Commission
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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