Family Caregivers Business Goes to the Dogs with Healthcare Bureaucracy

July 29, 2013
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Jim Tessman is a managing partner atwww.healthwellnessdepot.com. His partner, Errol Shardelow, is a Bio Feedback therapist with an Advanced Diploma in Electronics. They share their personal stories and describe Health Wellness Depot. They explain PetPulse, their device for animals in pain. They identify obstacles to be overcome if the scientific principles that underpin PetPulse are to be made available in devices for humans, and the benefits that could be expected. They describe devices already available for humans that work on scientific principles similar to those for PetPulse, and discuss experience of use of devices with various health conditions. They say why such devices would be preferable to pain-relief medications that are often prescribed for people with persistent pain. They say what they would like to do and see done to encourage the use of non-medication treatments for persistent pain, 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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