Help and Hope for Family Caregivers caring for Family Members with FASD

March 17, 2015
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Jessica Hutton Rantala talks about her own experience of family caregiving for FASD, her research in which she studied the impact of FASD on the criminal justice system of Canada, and the her work with her firm Jessica Hutton Rantala Consulting, http://ow.ly/JP840. She explains what she sees as the most challenging of the challenges to hope for family caregivers caring for family members living with FASD and for the family members themselves, and that she encounters in her work with her firm. She discusses help for overcoming the most challenging of the challenges to hope she identifies. She says what more she would like to do and see done and by whom to strengthen help for family caregivers caring for family members living with FASD and for the family members themselves. She shares her message for family caregivers who have recently learned that a young family member has been diagnosed with FASD.

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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