Family Caregivers, Hearing Loss and Family Caregiving
July 28, 2014
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr. Noreen Gibbens is the lead audiologist for hi HealthInnovations, https://www.hihealthinnovations.com/, and a field team representative for the state of Tennessee. Her responsibilities include assisting patients with hearing testing, fittings and aural rehabilitation, and ensuring clinical quality companywide. She talks about her career and experience of family caregiving. She explains her work with the company especially as it relates to family caregiving, and the services it provides. She discusses the challenges created for family caregivers by hearing loss in children, aging adults, and family caregivers themselves. She explains ways of overcoming the challenges created for family caregivers. She says what more she would like to do and see done to provide more help in overcoming the challenges created for family caregivers of family members with hearing loss. She shares her message for family caregivers about overcoming the challenges of hearing loss.
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.