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Patient and Family Advisory Council at Johns Hopkins Home Care Group

Your voice matters. If you are a current or former patient, family member or caregiver who is interested in helping to improve the delivery of safe and quality health care, consider joining our Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The PFAC collaborates with home care leadership and staff to enhance the patient and family experience. 

How to Join

Volunteers on PFAC must be a current or former patient or caregiver, adult or pediatric, for home care.

The PFAC meets on the third Thursday of the month from 4 – 6 pm. Right now all meetings are via Zoom, due to COVID-19.

For more information on how to join, contact our patient experience team at PtExperience_JHHCG@jhmi.edu.

 

Patient Advisor Role and Responsibilities

Patients and their families are knowledgeable members of the care team and can offer unique perspectives and valuable feedback about their experience. Learn more about what it’s like serving on a PFAC.

    • Serve as a communication channel to improve relationships between patients, families and home care staff.
    • Provide a way for patients and families to assist in evaluating and providing input on the delivery of services to patients.
    • Collaborate as partners with home care staff in the planning and operation of programs to enhance care and services.
    • Provide opportunities for staff to listen to their customers.
    • Provide guidance on how to improve the patient and family experience.
    • Establish a link between home care and the community at large.
    • Identify best practices in patient-and family centered care and share best practices across the organization.
    • Share your healthcare experience with staff and other advisors.
    • Participate in group discussions to talk about ideas for how to improve care, quality, safety, and services.
    • Provide insight from the patient and family perspective about home care policies, care practices, and patient education materials.
    • Identify patient and family needs and concerns.
    • Serve on subcommittees and workgroups to help bring the patient and family perspective to these efforts.
    • Encourage and support patient-centered care across the institution.
  • The philosophy of patient- and family-centered care focuses on:

    • Respect for patients' values, preferences, and needs.
    • Coordination of care for more efficiency.
    • Comfort and emotional support for mental health.
    • Information, communication, and education.
    • Involvement of family and friends.
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