Essential Care Partner Practices for Hospitals 

Caregivers are essential partners on the care team. They play a critical role in providing unpaid emotional, physical, or cognitive support to their family member, partner, or friend. Essential Care Partner programs and practices are a way for care settings to identify, include and support caregivers as part of the care team. Evidence shows this can lead to improved health outcomes, better care experiences and reduced health system pressures.

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The Essential Care Partner Support Hub team can help hospitals plan, implement, or enhance an Essential Care Partner program. Contact us now to schedule an initial consultation. 

Tools and resources

The following tools and resources have been developed to support the implementation of programs, policies, and practices to enable the inclusion of essential care partners in Ontario hospitals. 


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Caregivers or care partners play an essential role on the care team, providing a family member, partner, or friend with critical physical, emotional and cognitive support. The Essential Care Partner Support Hub and its team provide healthcare organizations access to expert guidance, coaching, and ready-to-use resources 


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Integrating Essential Care Partners as Part of the Care Team in Hospitals 
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Essential Care Partner Evidence Summary for Hospitals
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Essential Care Partner Program Implementation Toolkit: A Guide for Hospitals
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Leading Practices for Essential Care Partner Programs in Hospitals 
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