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PlaneTreeOptiMedis and The International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services participated in an international “pop-up coalition” that developed new Person-Centered Guidelines for Preserving Family Presence in Challenging Times. The recommendations are now widely available to provide guidance to healthcare leaders and local and regional authorities on what constitutes responsible, compassionate family presence during, and in the aftermath of, a pandemic.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, restrictions on family presence in hospitals, nursing homes and other care settings have become widespread. Recognizing the considerable variation in family presence policies and practices, a global coalition of clinicians, policymakers, experts in quality, safety and infection control, and patient, resident, family and elder advocates convened recently to pull together a comprehensive set of recommendations that emphasize the importance of considering not only the risk that family presence may pose to the staff, patients, residents and loved ones, but also the risk that restrictions may create for the physical, emotional and psychological health of these same individuals. In particular, the Guidelines address concerns, in both the short and long term, for cases of pediatric care, childbirth, end-of-life situations and for individuals who medically require family at the bedside, including those who are non-verbal or cognitively impaired.

To download the Person-Centered Guidelines for Preserving Family Presence in Challenging Times, please click here.  

PlaneTree International will also hold a free webinar on this topic