Family-centered health care professionals recognize the vital role families play in ensuring the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and family members of all ages. They acknowledge emotional, social and developmental support are integral components of health care.
With this approach, family-centered care
- empowers families and fosters independence;
- supports family caregiving and decision making;
- respects family choices;
- builds on family strengths and
- involves families in all aspects of the planning, delivery and evaluation of health care services.
The key principles of family-centered care
- People are treated with dignity and respect.
- Health care providers communicate and share complete and unbiased information with families in ways that are affirming and useful.
- Individuals and families build on their strengths by participating in experiences that enhance control and independence.