Family Caregivers and Adverse Events in Home Care

April 23, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Dr. Nancy Sears is a registered nurse in Ontario. Her research examines patient safety in home care across Canada. Kathy Walker has a Master’s degree Social Work and is a registered social worker, with 15 years of experience. She’s family caregiver for a son with a serious mental illness. Nancy describes her research. Kathy explains her work as a family caregiver. They discuss adverse events and serious mental illnesses. Nancy summarizes the findings of her research into adverse events in home care, and its implications for family caregivers. Kathy explains how the adverse events occur in home care for family members with serious mental illnesses, and describe experiences of family caregivers. They discuss future research into adverse events in home care including those associated with serious mental and physical conditions. They highlight the ways in which family caregivers can be helped in preventing adverse events in home care, and share their messages for family caregivers.

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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