Re-imagining a New #PrescriptionForCare Where Healthcare Works for Patients and Caregivers

What if there was a better way to support caregivers and change the way we view and deliver healthcare in Canada?

While the act of caregiving is rewarding, for many people it’s not easy and not without challenges. Today more than one in five Canadians are unpaid caregivers to family members and friends, with a physical, cognitive or mental health condition.

Not only are caregivers a vital resource to those they care for, but they are a critical healthcare partner who are often charged with advocating, mediating and co-ordinating care with healthcare professionals in a complex healthcare system.

Over the past few weeks, Teva Canada has started the #PrescriptionForCare conversation. It’s introduced initiatives to examine the future of healthcare in Canada; what it looks like and how it needs to evolve to best serve Canadians and caregivers. As a leader in providing caregiving resources to Canadians online and through local pharmacies, this year Teva Canada has been committed to bringing important voices in healthcare together with a goal to develop ideas to support a new collaborative model of care that supports people in all stages of life.

#PrescriptionForCare — Podcast Series

As part of its National Caregiving Day initiatives, Teva Canada is pleased to be partnering with People Before Patients, a movement that invites everyone to engage in healthcare reform. Mark your calendar for Tuesdays, when you can listen to a new podcast each week featuring the experiences and ideas from leading thought leaders as they re-imagine healthcare delivery that supports patients and their caregivers.

“The pandemic meant that many Canadians experienced the limitations of our healthcare system. Many caregivers have had to fill in the gaps when caring for a family member or friend who is vulnerable. Through several new initiatives, we are creating a platform for the exchange of ideas, big and small, that empowers caregivers to collaborate with health professionals and stakeholders for a better system,” says People Before Patients CEO and podcast host, Mark Stolow.

Each week, a new guest will reflect on an important pillar of the healthcare system and will highlight what their personal prescription for the future of Canadian healthcare should encapsulate.

Next up on Tuesday, April 26, we hear from gerontologist Dr. Nicole Didyk who shares what she has learned about health and healthcare working with people in later life. She stresses the importance of honouring the person by understanding what they want — a desire, that she believes, is timeless. She envisions a healthcare system of the future that will need to be more flexible, meet people where they are and value what they value. She is also committed to taking the mystery out of aging with her website “The Wrinkle”, a source of information for fellow healthcare professionals, elders and children of aging parents.

 Missed an episode? Tune in to Episodes #1-3 as:

  • Scott Swanson, a caregiver from British Columbia, discusses the concept of “Caring for the Whole Person.” He shares his experiences as the primary carer to his daughter who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of five. He also has a unique perspective having looked after his aging parents across the U.S. border and dealing with two very different healthcare systems
  • Danielle Paes, the chief pharmacist officer at the Canadian Pharmacists Association, shares her thoughts on “Professionals Recognizing the Know-How of their Clients.” She speaks to the importance of collaboration between healthcare professionals and the individuals impacted by the health issue.
  • Nurse and entrepreneur Karine Degré talks about the opportunity to improve the patient experience by creating more access points to healthcare, moving from a bottleneck in healthcare to a more free-flowing health experience for all.

#PrescriptionForCare Survey — Share your opinions and ideas on healthcare reform

Teva Canada is engaged and dedicated to providing a platform for Canadians’ individual and collective visions of what the future of healthcare should look like – from all perspectives. Through the #PrescriptionForCare online survey we’re looking for input based on your experiences.

We know healthcare is a matter of importance to all Canadians and we want to hear how it can be re-imagined benefitting your health and the health of your communities. While surveys are confidential, we’ll be sharing the results with key government stakeholders and leaders in the healthcare space. It’s time to move forward and write a new #PrescriptionForCare!

#PrescriptionForCare Event — Register for a free, live virtual event

The conversation will explore many unique perspectives on healthcare leading up to a collaborative virtual panel discussion presented by Teva Canada and People Before Patients. The discussion will feature a keynote address by former TSN host and mental health advocate, Michael Landsberg, along with a live exchange and wrap up of ideas from health experts featured in the month-long podcast series. There will also be an opportunity for questions and an exchange of ideas following the presentations.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Hosted on Zoom, the event will be streamed live to Teva Canada’s Facebook page. Click to register on Eventbrite.