Home care safety markers: a scoping review

Home Health Care Serv Q. 2013;32(2):126-48. doi: 10.1080/01621424.2013.783523.


Safety in home care is a new research frontier, and one in which demand for services continues to rise. A scoping review of the home care literature on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure was thus completed to identify safety markers that could serve to develop our understanding of safety in this sector. Results generated seven safety markers: (a) Home alone; (b) A fixed agenda in a foreign language; (c) Strangers in the home; (d) The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker; (e) Medication mania; (f) Out of pocket: The cost of caring at home; and (g) My health for yours: Declining caregiver health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers
  • Heart Failure / therapy
  • Home Care Services*
  • Humans
  • Medication Adherence
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Patient Safety*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy
  • Social Isolation