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Family Caregivers Unite!

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September 28th 2010:End of Life Caring and Care

Viki Kind is a clinical bioethicist in Los Angeles and Margaret Anderson is founder of Ian Anderson House, a residential cancer hospice in Oakville, Ontario. They identify the challenges for family caregivers when a loved one is at the end of life. They explain ‘compassionate decision making’, ‘hospice’ and ‘palliative care’ and discuss the ways in which these approaches support family caregivers in meeting their challenges. They explore what they see as the rights of people at the end of life and say, in their experience, how physicians and other healthcare professionals view these rights. Th

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Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson is the founder and executive director of Ian Anderson House, a residential cancer hospice in Oakville, Ontario. She created Ian Anderson House after her experience of caring for her husband, Ian, who died of colon cancer in 1990. When Ian Anderson House opened in 1997, on the anniversary of Ian’s death, it was Ontario’s first cancer hospice. To date, Ian Anderson House has served over 1100 families. Throughout, she’s served Ian Anderson House as a volunteer Executive Director and Board Member. She’s a strong advocate for the residential hospice movement, which provides the necessary care and support which each one of us deserves at the end of our lives. She holds a BA in
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Viki Kind

Viki Kind is a clinical bioethicist, medical educator and hospice volunteer. She’s a family caregiver with many years of experience caring for four members of her family. Her most recent book, “The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices For Those Who Can't,” guides families and healthcare professionals through the complex process of making decisions for those who are losing or have lost the ability to think. Across the United States she teaches healthcare professionals to have integrity and compassion, and how to improve end-of-life care through better communication. Her approach to dealing with challenging healthcare situations is relied on by patients, families
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