Family Doctors Working with Family Caregivers
May 15, 2012
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr. Susan Thouin is a physician practicing in the greater Toronto area. She’s an owner of MD Care Connect. Karen Pivnick owns Topcat Relocation Transition Solutions. They talk about their work and experience with family caregiving. They discuss the problems created for care in the community, that is care outside of hospitals, by the pressures on the healthcare system. They explain the effects of these problems for family doctors and family caregivers, and identify those they think are the most serious. They explain the types of help the family caregivers need from family doctors and the types of solutions that family doctors can bring to family caregivers, given all the pressures. They identify the most important solutions for family caregivers’ challenges that they think family doctors can provide. They say what more they would like to see done to promote family doctor services for family caregivers, and they give their messages for family doctors and for family caregivers.
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.