FOR PARENTS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS
Children are not just little adults;
this is especially true in a health care
environment. Parents and families
participate in treatment decisions,
post-operative and ongoing care plans as
members of multi-disciplinary teams.
This is family-centred care.
Healthcare professionals are the
experts on health and disease. Families
are the experts on their child and can
offer essential information to enhance
their child’s health care. The guiding
principles of family-centred care are:
- Respect -
Parents and other family members
deserve the same respect as other
members of the team. Families’
choices should be respected along
with their values, beliefs and
Sharing – As important members of
the team, families are entitled to
timely, complete and unbiased
information offered in a supportive
way. This allows them to make wise
decisions about their child’s care.
– Patients and families should be
active participants in the decisions
made for their child. A family knows
their child and the family’s
strengths and circumstances.
Professionals offer medical and
other technical expertise. Together
the best treatment plans can be
created for the patient.
Building - Family-centred care
programs and services build
families’ confidence and ability to
care for themselves and their child.