Family caregivers, oral hygiene and dental healthcare systems

February 14, 2012
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Dr Carlos Quiñonez, dentist and researcher, is Director of the Specialty Training Program in Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto. Julie DiNardo, dental hygienist, has an independent dental hygiene office. They say why oral hygiene so important for people who are living at home with health challenges for which there is no medical cure, and describe the things that family caregivers do to promote oral hygiene for family members who cannot fully care for themselves, and why it matters that family caregivers can effectively promote their oral hygiene. They describe the guidance they offer to family caregivers caring for adults with depression and diabetes; and for children with Down syndrome and fetal alcohol syndrome. They say what they would like to see done to enhance support for family caregivers promoting oral hygiene for loved ones living at home. They have messages for family caregivers who are concerned about the oral hygiene of their family members.

Family Caregivers Unite!

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.

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Dr. Gordon Atherley

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.

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