October 28 - November 1: Canadian Patient Safety Week
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Today marks the start of the
Canadian Patient Safety Institute's Canadian Patient Safety Week
(CPSW), a national annual campaign that runs from October 28th to November 1st. CPSW is meant to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety
and quality. The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) is proud to
support this initiative and spread the message to "Ask. Listen. Talk."
In 2011, 1.4 million Canadians received home care, a 55 percent increase
from 2008. Nationally, one in every six seniors is receiving home care
services, and, given Canada's aging population, the demand for home
care will only increase. "As the number of Canadians receiving care in
their homes grows, the need to ensure a safe environment for both the
health care provider and care recipients becomes vitally important."
said John Schram, President, CHCA.
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) has entitled this year's
campaign "Ask. Listen. Talk.", a theme that encourages conversation
through asking questions, understanding through listening to answers
and improvement through discussion of concerns and safety. Through
increased awareness we can inspire, learn, apply, and improve the
quality of care for patients, residents, and clients.
The CHCA will be facilitating dialogue on safety at home during our
national home care summit, October 28th to October 30th. "We have a number of interesting workshops and presentations
available for home care stakeholders, with topics ranging from safe
medication management and improving the safety of vulnerable citizens
during emergencies, to falls prevention." stated Nadine Henningsen,
Executive Director, CHCA.
The CHCA is committed to working with the CPSI to engage national
partners and home care leaders across the country in the important goal
of increasing safety at home, through the creation of a shared
understanding, vision and principles. Canadian Patient Safety Week is
a vital step in this journey and we encourage all home care
stakeholders and clients to join the conversation by visiting AskListenTalk.ca or through Twitter via #asklistentalk.
About the Canadian Home Care Association
The Canadian Home Care Association (CHCA) is a national not-for-profit
membership association dedicated to ensuring the availability of
accessible, responsive home care and community supports to enable
people to safely stay in their homes with dignity, independence, and
quality of life. Members include governments, administration
organizations, service providers, researchers, educators and others
with an interest in home care. The CHCA, as the national voice of home
care, promotes excellence through leadership, advocacy, awareness and
SOURCE: Canadian Home Care Association
For further information:
Nadine Henningsen, Executive Director
www.cdnhomecare.ca / @CdnHomeCare