Technology Helping Family Caregivers
March 30, 2010
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Mark Rutherford of Philips Healthcare and Bill Archer of MonAmi Caregiving Ltd talk about their organizations’ missions, products and services that serve family caregivers. They tell us what they see as the main benefits that their products and services offer to family caregivers. They discuss the family caregivers’ challenges that their products and services help meet. They describe the features of these products and services that they particularly emphasize to family caregivers. They say how their products and services help ease the various types of burdens on family caregivers. They give us their vision for the technology of tomorrow that does even more to support family caregivers. Then they explore the question of who pays for and who benefits from the new technology. Finally, they share with us the things they would do if they were appointed by their governments to oversee the development of services to quickly expand the role of technology for family caregiving.
Family Caregivers Unite!
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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.