Better Together - Family Presence

Family presence enables patients to designate family members and loved ones who can stay by their side 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Better Together: Partnering with Families is a North American campaign encouraging hospitals to review their visiting policies with a view to adopting family presence policies.

Patients and families also play an important role in elevating family presence in our healthcare system. The two documents are designed to support the movement for Family Presence in healthcare.

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1. Partner Tips, is for patients and families to use at the point of care (e.g. at the bedside, in an office or clinic).

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2. Conversation Tips, is a resource for patients and families in conversations with healthcare providers, or organizations, or communities.

Please feel free to download, copy, distribute and use these documents. You will need Adobe Reader on your device. You are welcome to adapt them to meet your team’s needs.

Want to have your say?!

Be part of the pilot for these documents.

The volunteers with ‘IMAGINE CITIZENS Collaborating for Health’ would appreciate your feedback and comments about these two documents. Please click these links to complete the two surveys about each document:

  1. “Partner” Tips Survey and

  2. “Conversation” Tips Survey.

Comments received will be reviewed by IMAGINE CITIZENS’ volunteers so that any significant edits can be incorporated. New versions will be available periodically, every six months or so, through the partner organizations.