Chapter 2: Who’s on your team?

The healthcare team

I asked her doctor what to expect, what her death might be like. He couldn’t say, but he made himself very available.

The healthcare providers involved in care will depend upon the health services available where you live and how the illness is affecting the person you are caring for. While each member of the team has distinct roles, everyone on the team has a role to play in:

The physical and emotional wellbeing of the person who is ill and of the family.

Ensuring that cultural needs of the person who is ill are identified and supported.

Whether you are caregiving from home or assisting with caregiving in a facility, the healthcare team will consist of a combination of professionals who are there to help and who are on your team. Below are some of the different and varied roles of healthcare professionals who may make up your team.

Healthcare team

*Depending on where you live, home care or home visiting programs may be available to assist you in providing care.