Essential Together Learning Bundles: Caregiver IDs
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 caregiver identification (ID) for essential care partners. It is part of the policy guidance to support essential care partners as they enter health and care facilities.
Before COVID-19, some organizations had already instituted formal caregiver ID programs. ID processes remain relevant during the pandemic so staff can identify who is in the facility/on the unit and part of the care team. The provision of an ID badge or another visible icon can be linked to other processes, such as the designation of essential care partner(s) by the patient, cleared pre-entry screening and essential care partner education. This process may promote the acceptance of the role of essential care partners and alleviate staff fears as they can be confident essential care partners have been designated by patients, understand the safety protocols and are prepared to be on the unit as part of the care team.
These resources provide examples of identification for essential care partners when they are on site. They can be helpful for enabling easy access into facilities and are important for tracking and safety.
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.
Bruyère is an academic health centre with multiple sites including long-term care facilities in Ottawa, Ontario. Their Designated Carer Program welcomes essential care partners into their facilities and provides them with DCP ID badges.
Ontario Caregiver Organization
The Ontario Caregiver Organization supports caregivers across Ontario. They have developed a caregiver ID program that is used in many centres in Ontario.
McGill University Health Centre
The McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Quebec explains on their webpage for essential care partners that they will be given a green bracelet to wear to identify them as a designated visitor.
Royal Victoria Hospital
Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario uses stickers to identify ECPs at the hospital, as noted in their education sheet for visitors
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.