Hospitals Communicating with Family Caregivers
June 19, 2012
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Mary Jane McNally is the Senior Director of Nursing at Toronto Western Hospital and University Health Network, where she provides leadership for advancing academic nursing practice, education, and research. She describes the research she and her colleagues at the hospital are conducting. She discusses the implications of the research for family caregivers. She talks about the evolution of communications with family caregivers whose family members are patients of the hospital, and about role the family caregiver has as advocate for the family member. She discusses the hospital’s communications with family caregivers as a community engaged with the hospital, and says how she sees the evolution of role of modern internet communications. She shares her messages for family caregivers, community-based professional caregivers and caregiving organizations regarding the importance of the place of family caregivers as healthcare team members in the changing world of hospital-based healthcare.
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.