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Revisiting privacy and consent, and making changes along the way

We first took on the issue of Ontario’s privacy and consent rules for caregivers in our 2017 report–Making Privacy and Consent Rules Work For Family Caregivers–after hearing repeatedly that privacy and consent is a barrier faced by many of Ontario’s family caregivers, and is too often used as a crutch for the lack of engagement with family caregivers.

Changing CARE: Success built on a strong foundation

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the four Changing CARE teams launched their innovative, caregiver-focused projects. 

One year, 15 cross-cutting working group sessions, 17 bi-weekly project managers meetings, and numerous steering committee meetings, to be more precise. Most impressively, across the four teams, more than 650 caregivers have participated, informed and partnered on the change they’d like to see.

Leadership is key, and other lessons learned from the UK’s Helen Bevan

The way to get stronger is to let go of power, according to what Helen Bevan of England’s National Health System told a group of leaders in Ontario health care at The Change Foundation recently. That seemingly paradoxical notion made sense to those of us gathered there once we grasped Bevan’s argument that only by shifting to different kinds of power, finding it in the hands of different people and using it in different ways will health systems be sustainable and provide the care patients deserve.

Raising awareness for young carers in Ontario

When we hosted Ontario’s first ever young carers forum in late November, 2017, we shined a long overdue spotlight on Ontario’s young carers.

We asked the young carers present—a group that is too often overlooked— to share their experiences, journeys, and stories, so that we can all work together to drive meaningful change. For many of them, the forum was the first time they had ever interacted with other young carers, the first time they were asked about their experience, and the first time they felt like the experiences they were sharing could make a difference.

Command and control not the way to integrated care

It’s a good thing the meeting room at the Change Foundation has big windows, considering the rate at which Geoff Huggins was throwing accepted wisdom out of them during his recent visit. Huggins is director for health and social care integration in Scotland. He described his role as one of strategic and policy responsibility — but added “both of those are really quite outdated concepts.” So that was the first idea of how to bring about change that got tossed.

WHAT’S BEING SAID

The Embrace @CaregiversSDG #ChangingCARE team created these resources to support the healthcare providers by recognizing, listening to & considering #youngcarers as valuable members of the care team: bit.ly/2EMZJw3 pic.twitter.com/5tZ7IpP9e9