Without our Patient Advocate, our experience would have been excruciating and scary. She constantly explained what was happening and what to expect. Having an Advocate on our team gave us the courage to express our feelings, spend time with Dad as his children rather than worrying about if he is receiving proper care.
~Karen A., Cranbrook, BC
Our CHAI Health Advocate helped simplify things for my wife and I when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer. She came with us to our Oncologist appointments and coached us on what questions to ask, reviewed what was talked about in simple terms and clarified our options. It was comforting to have her with us during a scary and confusing time.
~Peter D., Calgary, AB
A CHAI Patient Advocate coaches and guides you how to navigate the Canadian healthcare system and help you feel empowered during your interactions with medical professionals.
The first step is to reach out. CHAI is commonly contacted by the patient, family, caregiver, or medical provider.
Initial Consultation & Next Steps
The initial consultation will be with a CHAI patient advocate, either in person, by phone, or via Skype/Zoom. During this appointment, you have the opportunity to explain your situation. Then we will explore and agree on what services are needed.
A Working Agreement is signed between you and your CHAI patient advocate, your payment is made and the work begins.
Working With Your Patient Advocate
Your current circumstances will determine what happens next and in what direction the work takes.
You will be guided to either complete a case assessment with your advocate or you might need to move right into crisis management if there is a pressing situation currently happening.
There will be regular communication and ongoing meetings/ work with your patient advocate. You will receive updates on how your advocate’s time is being used and will always know how your money is being spent.
We are guided by your needs. We work closely with you to help navigate the health-care system and get you the care you need and deserve.
Our advocates are experts at crisis management and can support you for as long as you need their help.
YOU are the expert on your health. CHAI health advocates are the experts on the system. Together, we can ensure you get the best possible care.
Take a look at our Case Studies to see how our patient advocates have helped others, just like you, get the care they needed.
And see a full overview of our Health Advocacy Services.