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Who knows? Essential Care Partners do.


An Essential Care Partner is more than a visitor. Essential Care Partners are vital members of the care team who provide consistent support to a loved one throughout their care journey – improving safety, care and the well-being of all involved.

As an early response to COVID-19, many health and care facilities across the country implemented blanket visitor restrictions that prohibited Essential Care Partners from being physically present as partners in care. The impacts and harms as a result of these restrictions have been widely experienced by those receiving care, their caregivers and staff alike. As the pandemic continues to evolve across the country, Essential Care Partners should continue to be safely re-integrated at all times. Join us in welcoming and engaging Essential Care Partners.

The links below lead to valuable resources for people who deliver health and care and for patients* and Essential Care Partners.

I deliver health and care

I'm a patient or Essential Care Partner

*The term “patient” is used inclusively to refer to people who receive care or services in a variety of settings, including acute care, outpatient and community services, long-term care, home care, etc.