Family presence enables patients to designate family members and loved ones who can stay by their side 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Better Together: Partnering with Families campaign encourages hospitals to adopt family presence policies that view family members as ‘partners in care’ rather than as ‘visitors.’ Family presence policies encourage patients to identify family members or friends they would like to have stay with them while they are in hospital. Hospital ‘visiting hours’ do not apply.
The Better Together campaign calls on hospitals nationwide to take the pledge and begin the process of implementing family presence policies as a practical step towards delivering more patient and family-centred care. Patients and families also play an important role in elevating family presence in our healthcare system.