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It's time to have a conversation about safety in the home. Choosing to receive care at home is an important decision to make. Being aware of and understanding potential risks to safety is a big part of receiving home care for patients, their families and care providers. Talking openly and honestly as a healthcare team is important - before, during and after care appointments.
The “Am I Safe?” report was released in 2015. HEC worked with the Canadian Home Care Association to find tools and resources to guide safety conversations between healthcare providers and patients when receiving home care services.
“Am I Safe?” helps healthcare providers, patients and caregivers work together to evaluate and manage risk when receiving care at home. Understanding and accepting "what is safe" means balancing the patient's and family's understanding of risk with the healthcare provider’s knowledge and perception of acceptable risk. If all parties involved can have the right conversations, establish trust, share information and knowledge, and support one another, they can successfully provide safe care in the home.