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Safer Together: The Essential Role of an In-Person Care Partner

The MAPS Statewide Community Advisory Council, now comprised of over 70 community members, recommends healthcare organizations allow for In-Person Care Partners to ensure safe care. The development of an organization's In-Person Care Partner program protects safety through the current COVID-19 pandemic's visitor restrictions, and through future crises that might involve access restrictions to healthcare facilities and congregate care settings.

With support from our MAPS Board of Directors and several MN-based health organizations, we are pleased to release the following, "Safer Together: The Essential Role of an In-Person Care Partner."

See additional information and resources here about what our organizations and care settings are doing to provide opportunities for in-person care partners. 

MAPS stands ready to support organizations on their journey to develop a program. Please contact Lisa Juliar at ljuliar@mnpatientsafety.org for more information.

This document was authored by the statewide Community Advisory Council (CAC) facilitated by MAPS. The CAC involved over 70 patient and family member advisors who serve their health systems and communities. This document is the result of over 9 collective meetings, numerous conversations, and an estimated 300 hours of input from their experiences and healthcare journeys. Involved patients and family members seek care and/or volunteer time with Allina Health, Children’s Minnesota, Gillette Children’s, HealthPartners, JustUs Health, Lake Region Healthcare, M Health Fairview, North Memorial, and Riverwood Healthcare Center among others. Lexington Writing Firm provided pro bono writing services for MAPS and CAC, as well as editing services to help create this document.

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