Everyone wants and deserves safe care. Yet even before the pandemic, safe and high-quality healthcare was not a reality for everyone in Canada and COVID-19 has exposed stark gaps in both care and equity.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has intensified challenges in providing safe and high-quality care for older adults and exacerbated health human resource gaps. Older adults face systemic issues like reduced staffing levels in care facilities and models of care that do not fully include patient, family and caregiver participation in care planning and program design. After more than two years of navigating waves of the pandemic, many people who work in healthcare are suffering from increased stress and anxiety, low morale, exhaustion and burnout.
With health systems across the country under strain, the risk of unintended harm grows. Now more than ever, we need to focus on patient and healthcare provider safety. Together we can create safety, eliminate incidents of unintended harm, as well as act on and learn from errors.
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How safe is your care? Building capacity for safety in partnerships with providers, patients and essential care partners.
Right now, we have several exciting program opportunities that can help you support safer care of older adults, including through safety conversations.
Now is the Time to Press Play on Safety Conversations
Date: November 2022 – February 2023
Join our new Reimagining LTC: Enabling a Healthy Workforce to Provide Person-Centred Care program to build safer and higher quality care with – and for – people living and working in long-term care in Canada. This program will support quality improvement projects focused on people in the workforce and person-centred care, such as through safety conversations. Attend an informational webinar on October 12 and apply by November 4, 2022.
Participate in Essential Together – an open-access program designed to support the safe reintegration of caregivers – who are also known as Essential Care Partners – into health and care settings, during COVID-19 and beyond. These care partners are vital members of the care team who provide consistent support to patients throughout their care journey – including improving the safety of care and contributing to safety conversations. You can access resources, join virtual huddles and take the Essential Together Pledge.
Safety is fundamental to excellent healthcare. We all expect, and deserve, safe care.
Canadian Patient Safety Week is a pan-Canadian, annual campaign that started in 2005 to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality.
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