If you have a family member in hospital, you may soon not need to worry about looking at the clock.
The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement is trying to get organizations on-board across the country to ban visiting hours for family members, so they can be with their loved ones 24/7.
Vice President Stephen Samis says they’re launching the initiative to include family members as “partners in care.”
He says family members become the patient’s eyes, ears and voice.
“Particularly, when a patient’s in a really vulnerable situation, there’s often a lot of activity happening, a lot of different providers coming in and out, lots of different medications that people are on.”
Currently, Fraser, Island, and Vancouver Coastal Health allow immediate family to visit at any time if they’re respectful of other patients.
However hours in the Interior and Northern health region vary widely by facility and unit.
So far, there are three healthcare organizations in B.C. reviewing the family presence policies.
With files from Kyle Benning