At The Children's, we pride ourselves on putting the needs of children first.
Part of that means taking a system-wide approach to family-centered care.
Family-centered care is based on the belief that the family is a child's primary
source of strength and support. Healthcare professionals are the experts on
health and disease. Parents are the experts on their child and they can offer
essential information to enhance their child's health care. A successful
partnership between health care providers and families is based on mutual
trust, respect and responsibility.
In family-centered care, professionals acknowledge that involving families in
hospital planning, evaluation and policy-making improves children's care. They
feel best practices are shaped by families and professionals working together.
The goal of family-centered care is to include families as full partners in
children's health care. Family-centered care is marked by five guiding
Parents and other family members deserve respect. They love their children and
want what is best for them. Accordingly, their choices should be respected
together with their values, beliefs and cultural backgrounds.
Families need complete, accurate information in order to make decisions and
participate in their children's care. Families have a variety of learning
styles and preferences for receiving that information.
Families and professionals alike have expertise and resources that affect
children's care. A family knows their child and the family's strengths, needs
and circumstances. Professionals offer medical and other technical expertise.
Families and professionals can provide the best care for children when they
work closely together to care for the child.
Families whose children have similar needs can support each other. They can
find strength, comfort, friendship, and strategies for coping with difficult
situations. Families also support and encourage one another to participate more
effectively in health care.
Family-centered programs and services build confidence and augment the skills
of parents. In this way, parents become more effective caregivers of their own
children, managing their children's care and participating in care at whatever
levels they choose.
Meet our Patient and Family Centered Care Coordinator, Imma Gidaro.
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