The move to patient—and family—centred care
One-third of family caregivers are in distress. They don’t feel heard, they’re overworked and under-supported.
Family caregivers are essential to the health care system—they provide 80% of the care! Yet, they’re often not recognized or included as a partner in care.
What is a partner in care?
It’s a shift in the way health care providers interact with people who care for their family members and friends. Willing caregivers are included in care planning and work with health care providers to provide relevant information and make arrangements for things like picking up medications and assisting with future appointments.
How will this happen?
There are three main things health care providers can do to work with family caregivers:
Identify them. Ask, “are you caring for a family member or friend?”
Refer them to resources like us, Family Caregivers of BC, to receive emotional support, education and more. Request our Family Caregiver RX pads for your office.
Engage them by including them in case planning for care recipients and seeking their input on health system planning and service delivery.