A devastating consequence of Canada’s response the COVID-19 crisis is the blanket ban on caregiver and family presence in healthcare. Healthcare workers lack the capacity to take on traditional family and caregiver duties, and patients are suffering increased oversights, accidents and trauma.
Eight weeks into Canada’s pandemic response, worst-case models of infection and mortality have been avoided, thanks to government response from the federal to the municipal, a public commitment to social distancing and our heroic front-line workers. But the harm of isolating patients from their caregivers is mounting, and in many healthcare facilities there is no reasonable or timely way for caregivers to appeal for access.
As governments plan how to re-open elements of our communities, now is the time to reaffirm our support of families and caregivers. On behalf of individuals and organizations across the country, we ask that all governments and institutions immediately enact clear and transparent caregiver access and appeal policies.
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