Essential Together Learning Bundles: Rapid Appeals Processes
As part Essential Together, we have curated tools and resources that support the reintegration of essential care partners from organizations across the country.
This page is about supporting organizations to work with patients and patient partners to establish a rapid and transparent appeals process. It is part of the policy guidance to identify and prepare essential care partners.
Health and care facilities should ensure patients and essential care partners have access to a transparent and timely appeal or dispute resolution process to resolve disagreements about essential care partner access. This process needs to allow for regional flexibility based on risk. The appeals process should be lean and publicly available so caregivers can understand the decisions related to access. A clear and transparent process will help reduce potential conflicts and avoid putting essential care partners or staff in untenable positions.
These resources provide examples of clear communication and execution of rapid appeals processes. Predominantly, these are initiated by the patient and family who want an essential care partner to support them, but can also be initiated by the organization, if they feel an essential care partner is not following proper protocols.
The tools and resources are open source, which means you can use and adapt them to fit your local context. We will continue to add to these learning bundles. If you would like to be notified when we have new material, please let us know.
Baycrest is a hospital and long-term care facility for older adults in Toronto, Ontario. Their detailed appeals process is explained on their website.
Fraser Health delivers hospital and community-based care from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon in British Columbia. Their website includes the process of what to do if patients or essential care partners have any questions or concerns.
Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
The Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority designs and delivers health and social services across the territory. Their webpage for visitors includes a clear process and submission for requesting visitor exemptions.
Saskatchewan Health Authority
The Saskatchewan Health Authority supports health organizations across Saskatchewan. Their appeals process is run through quality of care coordinators and is supported by a newly created family presence support team.
Sinai Health is a multi-site academic health science centre in Toronto, Ontario. Their rapid appeals process at the hospital is run through their patient relations team and responds to appeals within 48 hours.
If you know of other tools and resources to contribute to these learning bundles, or if there is something specific you are after, please send us an email via Essential.Together@HEC-ESC.ca.
We know there is different language and terminology used across the country. But to make sure we provide as much clarity as possible, in this context:
Essential care partners provide physical, psychological and emotional support, as deemed important by the patient. This care can include support in decision making, care coordination and continuity of care. Essential care partners are identified by the patient (or substitute decision maker) and can include family members, close friends or other caregivers.
Family may include relatives and non-relatives and is defined by the patient.
Health and care facilities refers to hospitals, long-term care/residential care/nursing homes and other congregate care settings as well as primary care and outpatient care settings.
Patient partners include patients, residents, clients, families, caregivers and care partners and others with lived experience who are working together with teams to improve the quality and safety of healthcare.
Patients includes residents and clients.