Creating Voice for Family Caregivers
October 2, 2012
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Stuart Hickox is Founder and President of One Change, a charitable foundation with an empowering message, Simple Actions Matter. Julie DiNardo, a dental hygienist with an independent dental hygiene office, is founder of the charity Woolies for New B's and, with her family, has been foster parent to many children. Stuart explains how One Change mobilizes volunteers and community groups. Julie explains her charity and how it works with family caregivers. They discuss the financial challenges faced by family caregivers, and the ways in which family caregivers as a community could use voice to get more financial support for family caregivers. They discuss the ways in which family caregivers can get their voices heard by healthcare’s decision makers. They explore the future of voice for family caregivers at a time when healthcare systems are short of money and therefore encouraging family caregivers to care for their loved ones at home, and share their messages 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.