Long-Term Care Insurance for Family Caregivers
November 30, 2010
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
John Schram and Don Fenn, business executives experienced in home healthcare and family caregiving, discuss the help that long-term care insurance offers family caregivers. They highlight the costs of family caregiving. They identify gaps in publicly funded services and explain how long-term care insurance can help plug these. They examine long-term care insurance for family caregivers whose family caregiving starts in the childhood of a family member with an incurable condition. They identify the services covered by long-term care insurance that support family caregivers caring for a family member aging at home with all the quality of life and health challenges for the family caregiver as well as the family member. They discuss public attitudes to long-term care insurance, and say whether effort is needed to change attitudes of the public and government so that insurance provides more support for long-term care and the family caregivers who provide it.
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.