Caring in Stages
February 9, 2010
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Paul Hogan and Sharon Galway are with Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s largest senior-care business of its kind. Paul is co-founder of the Home Instead organization, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. He’s the author of the recent book, Stages of Senior Care, published by McGraw-Hill. Sharon owns the Home Instead Senior Care office in North Toronto, Ontario, where she fulfills her personal commitment to seniors’ independence and successful aging at home. Paul explains the stages of senior care, and how these relate to family caregivers. Sharon talks about the services she provides and how these relate to the challenges faced by family caregivers. They talk together about these challenges caregivers, identify the most challenging, and speak about supporting family caregivers. They explore the benefits of seniors staying home and independent; and the costs, too. And they talk about the things they would like to see happen to strengthen services for family caregivers.
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.