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Podcast Transcript – Dr. S. Campbell
We are honoured that Dr. Campbell is our first guest expert for our podcast series. During our conversation, she shares some of her insights and wisdom into the lives of Substitute Decision Makers. She speaks to their needs, struggles, and issues.
Dr. Campbell helps us to understand more about being a Substitute Decision Maker, including:
- Who are Substitute Decision Makers?
- What are the challenges facing a Substitute Decision Maker?
- What we should not assume about them?
- What’s important to Substitute Decision Makers, what do they think about?
- What does a Substitute Decision Maker need?
Dr. Campbell reminds us that Substitute Decision Makers are mostly family members who work very hard, often over many years, taking care of their loved one. She acknowledges that most are untrained for this very important role and that society needs to help educate and support them as best possible.
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About Sandra Loucks Campbell MSW, PhD
Sandra’s abiding passion through her career has been her interest in improving the lives of older persons. She has worked in health, social services, employment policy, policy, program development, advocacy and professional association environments – all with a strong work focus on helping meet needs of older persons.
She has developed creative programming, elder abuse specialty programs, senior learning and teaching programs, specialized counselling services.
She has responded to changes in government legislation as it has impacted the lives of elders, chaired community, professional and institutional committees and presented in high profile government and press environments on behalf of elders.
Now, having learned and taught essential skills as an instructor in social work and leadership programs in universities, she has founded and renewed her energy in her work with Commonpoint. Here, she applies all she learned earlier to meet her dominant goal – improving the lives of older persons.
We understand the issues faced by organizations who serve older persons and their families. In the face of funding and staffing issues made worse by ever-increasing numbers of older adults can seem impossible for management teams.
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One response to “Who is a Substitute Decision Maker?”
It was a pleasure (and comforting) to hear Dr. Campbell’s insight into the issues-as she said, each situation is unique, however there are definitely common threads and we can all learn from each other!