End of Life Caring and Care
September 28, 2010
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Viki Kind is a clinical bioethicist in Los Angeles and Margaret Anderson is founder of Ian Anderson House, a residential cancer hospice in Oakville, Ontario. They identify the challenges for family caregivers when a loved one is at the end of life. They explain ‘compassionate decision making’, ‘hospice’ and ‘palliative care’ and discuss the ways in which these approaches support family caregivers in meeting their challenges. They explore what they see as the rights of people at the end of life and say, in their experience, how physicians and other healthcare professionals view these rights. They talk about the need to manage the expectations of everyone involved, including the person who is approaching the end of life. They examine the information needs of family caregivers and advocacy for and by family caregivers. They discuss the sensitivities of the role of volunteers in end-of-life caring. They explain how quality of life and dignity maintained through end-of-life care.
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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.