Introduction:

Caregivers can face challenges and obstacles while trying to care for their loved ones.  An Essential Caregiver is a person, (friend, family member, neighbour) who provides important personal, social, psychological and physical support to a patient.  An Essential Caregiver (a type of essential visitor) is an individual who is designated by the patient and/or their substitute decision maker, and is visiting to provide direct care to the patient (e.g. supporting feeding, mobility, personal hygiene, cognitive stimulation, communication, meaningful connection, etc.). Examples of care partners include friends/family members who provide meaningful connection, a privately hired caregiver, paid companions and translators. 
  • An essential caregiver doesn't need to have lived with the person they are supporting.
  • An essential caregiver doesn't have to be related.
  • An essential caregiver can be anyone 18 years and older.
  • An essential caregiver can provide support and care for short periods of time (e.g. days) or for extended periods of time. 
The purpose of this survey is to help us better understand your experience as a healthcare provider interacting with essential caregivers.  We are surveying care providers as well as essential caregivers so that we can work together to provide better support and improve the experience of both care partners and providers.  

(adapted from: Change Foundation (2020).  Changing Care, Provider Survey.

 

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* 1. What is your role at Sault Area Hospital?

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* 2. What do you see as having been the impact(s) of the visitation restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic on patients/residents you support?

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* 3. How often do you involve the Essential caregiver in care planning?

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* 4. If you don't involve an essential caregiver in care planning, what are the reasons?

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* 5. How often do you treat essential caregivers as a source of knowledge regarding the patient?

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* 6. To what extent do you understand the role of the essential caregiver and challenges they may have

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* 7. How often do you ask the essential caregiver how they are doing in their caregiving role?

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* 8. Do you have everything you need in your work environment – e.g., time, flexibility, approval, etc. - to adequately support essential caregivers?

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* 9. What are the most common barriers that get in the way when you are providing support to essential caregivers?

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* 10. What would help make it easier for you to support essential caregivers?

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* 11. In your opinion, what are the most important roles the essential caregivers take on?

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* 12. How important do you feel it is that the designated care partner program continues?

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* 13. Do you have any suggestions about how the essential caregiver program could be improved?

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