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Sun Country Health Region adopts 24 hour visiting policy

Sun Country Health Region has adopted a recommendation from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement to offer 24 hour visiting for all patients/residents/client in its facilities.

The Foundation launched a national campaign (called Better Together: Partnering with Families) in November to encourage care facilities to adopt family presence policies. The campaign encourages sites such as hospitals to offer 24 hour visiting to promote a more patient-and family-centred care approach. This policy was drafted on a provincial basis by representatives from health regions on Patient and Family Care Committees (PFCC).

 “We agree with the policy and the philosophy behind it,” says Marga Cugnet, President and CEO, Sun Country Health Region. Sun Country Health Region’s Patient and Family Centred Care Committee has finalized this policy and recommended it to the Sun Country Regional Health Authority.

“Allowing family members unrestricted access to patients and residents allows them to more fully participate in their care and living. We have adopted a policy with that in mind. A foundational step in providing patient-and family-centred care is to recognize the important role that families and others play in the health and well-being of patients and residents. In an effort to promote positive health outcomes, safety and security of patients and their families, staff members and our community, SCHR commits to this Open Visitors/Family Presence Policy.”

“Of course, common sense must prevail and family members who are feeling unwell, have an infection, or have symptoms of respiratory illness or flu-like illnesses are asked to refrain from visiting,” she noted.

The policy will be in introduced to all staff members and implemented in the Region within the next few months.

Posted Dec 1.

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