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Member, Interior Health Home Health Working Group

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in the Kootenay Boundary region

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Join a group working to improve the quality of home health delivery!

Open to: Patient partners in the Kootenay Boundary region

Lead Organization or Department

Interior Health, Primary and Community Care

Aim

Our aim is to improve communication between physicians and home health and to provide better coordination of care resulting in better overall care for the patient and their care givers. We would like patient partners to provide their lived experience as patients or care givers so we can understand the journey from their perspective and develop ways to improve care. The patient partners will be full members of the working group, attending monthly meetings (or as determined by the group) in Castlegar for 1-2 hours. There may be reading or other work that would happen outside of this time.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement (www.iap2.org). The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

Eligibility

  • Experience being a member of a working group
  • Comfortable articulating their thoughts within the group
  • Some familiarity with home health, not necessarily as a patient, but can not be an Interior Health employee
  • Able to attend meetings in person in Castlegar
  • Lives within the Trail, Castlegar or Nelson corridor
If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and volunteer agreement, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Selena Davis directly.

Logistics

  • Vacancies: 3
  • In-person meetings located at Kootenay Boundary Area office, Castlegar
  • First meeting to be held in mid to late October. Once membership is established a Doodle Poll will be circulated to determine the date and time of this meeting. The ongoing meeting schedule will be determined at the first meeting
  • The patient partners will receive agendas, minutes and relevant documents as part of the working group
  • Commitment is seven months to a year

Reimbursement

Mileage to travel to meetings will be covered.

Background

This committee will consist of Interior Health staff, physicians and patient partners. There is a potential risk that the patients may feel overwhelmed with the conversations. The team will be available to support them before and after meetings as they need. A draft of The Terms of Reference will be reviewed at the first meeting so that the group may edit it. The care setting is community care.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Selena Davis
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Kootenays & Boundary
250.505.7866
sdavis@bcpsqc.ca

From Our Community

Derek Koch

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead — Kelowna General Hospital

Derek Koch

The bottom line is because we’re caring for patients. People who know best are those who are receiving the care so it makes logical sense that we would consult with them about their experiences. By connecting with PVN we have been able to educate our teams about the value of patient partners and how important their perspective is in our services.