Health Sciences Building, 155 College Street, Room 108
  • March 29, 2017 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Speakers: Angel Petropanagos, Clinical Ethics Resident, William Osler Health System, Research Associate, Novel Tech Ethics, Dalhousie University; Voula Petropanagos, Endoscopy Assistant and Patient Care Assistant, Trillium Health Partners, Personal Support Worker, Spectrum Health Care

In this presentation, we explore the impact of institutional and social contexts on the relationship between caregivers and persons with dementia. We draw on the author’s lived experiences as a Personal Support Worker (PSW)/caregiver in various settings, including hospitals, long-term care residences, patients’ homes, and her own family home. We describe how each of these settings is marked by meaningful differences in the degree of institutionalization, medicalization, and personalization and we argue that these differences reveal tensions within and between these care settings. We maintain that these tensions shed light on the meaning of care and the importance of a relationship-centred approach for persons with dementia. To conclude, we suggest that these tensions, or what we call the “care conundrum,” offer important insights for the ethical provision of care for persons with dementia.

This seminar is free and open to the public. No registration required.