In this episode Emily Hubley and Marco Redden are joined by Anne Gillies and Sandra Bauld to discuss the role of family/friend caregivers and volunteers in long-term care. Anne and Sandra talk about their personal experiences as a caregiver and volunteer, some of the key issues family members may face, and how long-term care homes may enable their presence.
(Note: this podcast was recorded in October, prior to the second wave of COVID and some of the restrictions placed on family caregivers in long-term care may have changed)
Joined by Special Guests:
Anne Gillies, M.A. Family Studies and Gerontology, Mount Saint Vincent University
Sandra Bauld, SALTY Advisory Group and LTC Volunteer, Nova Scotia
Emily Hubley, M.A. Student, Mount Saint Vincent University
Marco Redden, M.A. Student, Mount Saint Vincent University
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We wish to extend our gratitude to the special guests that join us on each episode to share their personal experiences and insights into the complexities of long-term care. We also acknowledge and thank the SALTY project for supporting this podcast.
When we say family we are broadly referring to "anyone who is supporting, caring, or advocating for a long-term care resident" (Alberta Covenant Health Network, 2017). "Family includes women and men who are spouses, adult children, relatives who frequently visit LTC facilities, those who care from a distance and unpaid carers who fall outside the traditional definitions of family (e.g., LGBTQ partners, close friends)" (Barken, Daly & Armstrong, 2016, p. 341).
Family Council - "A family council is an organized, self-led, self-determining, democratic group composed of family and friends of the residents of long-term care homes" (Family Councils Ontario, 2016, p.11)