Points to Ponder

1. What relationships are included as “family”?

Family is whomever the patient chooses to have close to them to provide care and comfort during their healthcare experience. So, family may be a

  • Spouse or partner
  • Parent or grandparent
  • Friend
  • Sibling, or other close family
  • Privately paid caregiver

2. How can you help healthcare workers and doctors understand your needs better? E.g., Need a break? Need more information? Are you juggling other caregiving responsibilities?

3. How can doctors and other healthcare providers be partners with families to better understand:

  • The Patient’s medical history or medications used
  • Safety issues
  • Language / culture
  • Spiritual care, financial, or counselling needs.

4. Would it be helpful to talk with someone who has gone through a similar experience? Where might I find this support?

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