Reminder: Upcoming Events

Friday, November 17 – Change Day
Have you made your Change Day pledge yet? If not, click here to make your pledge?

Thursday, November 30 – Patient Engagement Speaker Series
Helle Tees & Nicole Olivier will be presenting on patient engagement. If you are unable to attend this event in person, you can join the webinar. Click here for more information and to register.

A Day in the Life

As part of Patient & Family Centred Care Week, which goes from November 6th-10th, 2017 and Change Day, which occurs on November 17th, 2017, the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services has initiated a “Lived Experience” activity. For one day, healthcare professionals will walk in the shoes of a patient as a way of gaining greater insight, understanding, and compassion for what it is their patients live each and every day.

Click on the image below to see what shoes Paul and some other healthcare professionals will be walking in.

Family Presence Heads to “The Hat”

On Friday, March 18th, @aircalgary, a member of the Patients 4 Change (Pts4Chg) community, set out for Medicine Hat, Alberta. It was there that the next Family Presence chat session was taking place. Below is @aircalgary’s overview of the day.

Friday March 18, 2016

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s cozy meeting room in Medicine Hat was the location of my second Family Presence coffee chat from 1 pm to 3 pm. Organized with the help of Lorna Scott, a local author, caregiver coach and trainer, Lorna brought together members of the Caregiver Coalition of Southeast Alberta for our chat on the Family Presence campaign in advance of April 4th Change Day here in Alberta. I brought the swag, cookies and balloons and Family Presence conversation cards. To learn more about this group that has been connecting caregivers in SE Alberta since 2009 see:
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Saturday Jan 23rd, 2016 First coffee chat about #FamilyPresence campaign!

conversations(The following was submitted by patient/family advisor – @aircalgary)


Great conversation about:

  • There are no right words (e.g., patient, resident, client).  Person-centred care is the point. Family is whoever the person decides he/she wants to participate (or NOT) in his/her care.
  • Patient and Family Advisor wisdom shared- always have more than one patient and family Advisor on a quality improvement committee. Sometimes groups just going for numbers of advisors, or stories for tokenism. Look for genuine commitment on part of the committee to really listen and include to patient experience as an equal voice of truth in decision making.
  • Some committees are doing great, other staff members need orientation first before they include patient and family Advisors in their work.
  • Imagine Citizens is doing amazing work to ensure a clear citizen voice is available to shape healthcare improvements in patient and family centred care.

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Reminder – Family Presence Coffee Chat

reminderJust a reminder of the Family Presence Campaign coffee chat that will be held tomorrow, Saturday, January 23rd, at 10:30 a.m. at the Starbucks in Brentwood Village Mall in Calgary. (This Starbucks is located across the parking lot from the Bank of Montreal.  301 – 3630 Brentwood Rd. N.W.)  Come and join us for a coffee and hear more about the campaign and how you can get involved.  Hope to see you there!

Family Presence Campaign Begins In Calgary

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As mentioned in an earlier blog post, the Family Presence Campaign Presence Campaign has begun.  This week, the campaign comes to Calgary, where two Family Presence coffee chats have been planned.  The first one will be held on Wednesday, January 20th at 9:00 a.m., and the second one will occur on Saturday, January 23rd at 10:30 a.m.  Brentwood Starbucks in Brentwood Village Mall will be the location for both gatherings.  (This Starbucks is located at 301 – 3630 Brentwood Rd. N.W, across the parking lot from the Bank of Montreal.)

If you are interested in learning about the Family Presence Campaign and how you can get involved, why not join us for a chat over coffee?

Family Presence Campaign Underway

The Family Presence Campaign officially began on January 7th, which saw a patient/family advisor, founder of this initiative, meeting with individuals in Edmonton. Below are three tweets that highlight some aspects of launch day.

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The Family Presence Initiative, a project associated with ChangeDay AB. is ahead of schedule.  If all goes as planned, the official launch date will be in early January 2016.  In addition to having an online presence, an individual involved with this initiative, will be holding coffee meetings throughout Alberta. Click here to view the online campaign.

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