|By Paul Kilbertus
Dr. Jill Cameron’s research focuses on support for the family members who are so crucial to a stroke survivor’s recovery.
Dr. Jill Cameron
And there’s a personal connection: After her father suffered a stroke, Dr. Cameron saw the impact on her mother: “She became the caregiver and essentially, she had no support.”
Dr. Cameron, an assistant professor in the department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto, developed the Timing it Right Stroke Family Support Program. Now being tested in 11 cities across Canada, the program delivers information, education and training to family caregivers.
She describes the need she is addressing: “A family member who’s caring for a stroke survivor is expected to offer home care; support occupational therapy, physical therapy and nursing; and manage all the support services. And they have essentially no training. It’s not surprising they experience quite a bit of stress and can see their own health deteriorate over time.”
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