One-On-One Support for Family Caregiving for Schizophrenia
February 3, 2015
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
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Sharon Evans graduated as a psychiatric nurse in 1967 and in 2008 completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing. Irene Friberg has a teaching degree. She and her husband have a daughter diagnosed mid-grade 12 with schizophrenia. Sharon and Irene talk about their experiences with family caregiving for family members living with schizophrenia and about their work with the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society Penticton Branch, http://ow.ly/HODMb. They discuss the challenges for family members living with schizophrenia and for their family caregivers. They explain how one-on-one support for family caregivers caring for family members living with schizophrenia helps them and their family members overcome the challenges. They say what they would like to do and see done to promote one-on-one support for family caregiving for schizophrenia, and share their messages for family caregivers who have just learned that one of their family members is living with schizophrenia.
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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.