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The unsung partners

Family caregivers are the unsung partner in a patient's care team, yet their enormous contribution to the health care system is often overlooked. As they move through the health care system beside their loved one, family caregivers experience firsthand the gaps in care and poor transitions between care settings. We have much to learn from the experiences of family caregivers.

Caregiver and patient - Make your experience count

 
July 2016
Jul 4, 2016 9:00 AM

Shared from the perspective of a spouse, a family caregiver. Her husband spent his final days cared for in their home, exactly where he wanted to be.

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March 2016

Mar 28, 2016 12:00 PM

This story is told from the perspective of a family caregiver who is supporting her spouse through an ongoing mental health crisis. Their experience illuminates the impact of a health care system that fails to recognize mental health care as essential to overall health and wellbeing.

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October 2015

Oct 22, 2015 2:00 PM

Told from a family caregiver's perspective, this experience points to specific ways a hospital emergency department could have been more 'people-centred.'

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June 2015

Jun 30, 2015 3:44 PM

A father explains how his 18 month old daughter's hand injury turned into +50 hours in the emergency department, and how poor communication and suboptimal care made his family feel unheard and ignored.

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October 2014

Oct 1, 2014 11:03 AM

Once patients enter home care, support for caregivers is crucial. This story is from a woman who asks the important questions once she assumes the role of his caregiver to her husband: 'Why aren't there caregiving classes as they do with new mothers for breastfeeding, or diabetics with insulin?'

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