Challenges for Family Caregivers Caring at Home for Family Members
August 12, 2014
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
Sara Shearkhani was a graduate student in economics but had to take a break after her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Since then she has been a family caregiver. She describes her life and career, and her experience as family caregiver. She highlights her efforts to support family caregivers. She identifies the challenges she experiences as family caregiver for her husband and in dealing with the healthcare and social systems. She describes the challenges experienced by family caregivers in immigrant communities. She explains the responses she would like to see to the challenges she experiences as family caregiver for her husband and in dealing with the healthcare and social systems, and experienced by family caregivers in the immigrant communities. She says what more she would like to do and see done to help improve the lives of family caregivers. She shares her message for family caregivers caring for family members living at home with serious illnesses.
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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.