YOU ARE a partner in care. You know that and we know that. Yet sometimes it might not feel like that.

It might be hard – and downright intimidating – to speak up. It might be hard to communicate in order to be heard by others when you are frustrated, angry, or confused. You might leave appointments with more questions than answers. But you know your role and voice are important; you are managing many aspects of care and know the person you are caring for better than anyone. While our health system has embraced the patient and familycentred health care approach, it will take time to transform how family and friend caregivers are included on the front lines of care.