Essential Care Partner Programs and Practices in Ontario Health Teams (OHTs)

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.

Engagement & Co-Design With Caregivers 

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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 and practices to enable the inclusion and support of essential care partners in Ontario Health Teams.

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Essential Care Partner Program: Key Practices for Ontario Health Teams
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Essential Care Partner Program Implementation Toolkit: A Guide for Ontario Health Teams
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Most of us, at some point in our lives, will be a caregiver to someone close to us. A caregiver provides physical and/or emotional support to a family member, partner, friend, or neighbour. Who do you care for?