Health Minister Dustin Duncan announced Saskatchewan will be the first Canadian province to take a provincial approach to an open family presence policy in health care facilities.
Health regions are moving toward more flexible visiting hours at health facilities, which will now welcome families 24 hours a day, seven days a week.The patient will decide who makes up their family, like relatives or other people they are close with.
“This is a great example of improving the patient experience, and we support it 100 per cent,” Duncan said. “Loved ones play an essential role in improving patients’ health, and help further our goal of providing high-quality, patient-focused care. To me, this policy change is an easy one to make.”All health regions adopted the policy on March 31 and are at various stages of implementation.