During the last 17 months in response to COVID-19 and safety, policies supporting family presence were severely restricted or eliminated. While this action was deemed a necessary precaution to stop the spread of COVID, it had significant negative impacts on both families, patients and health care workers. With the increasing vaccination rates and cases of COVID decreasing, conversations about how to return to policies that support and encourage family presence are happening in earnest across nursing homes, ambulatory settings and in hospitals.
Front-line health care workers have been under tremendous pressure and many are experiencing burnout. Change, even positive change, can create a burden for those who have been in these direct care roles. What is your organization planning around Family Presence in this next 6 months? How will staff be supported during this transition? Who has been involved in these discussions and how have the needs of both those receiving care and those delivering care been integrated into the planning?