Author: Sara

Patient/caregiver engagement and ethics

  As a caregiver, I have been involved in several patient/caregiver engagement initiative; some great experiences and others not so much. I shared my experience with one of my professors, Dr. Don Willison, who is an expert on research ethics. Given his interest in the topic and his current work around ethics of patient engagement in research, he kindly accepted to help me voicing my… Read more →

Canada Cares Award

Sara Shearkhani, co-founder of Family Caregivers Voice, received the Canada Cares Award. The event was organized by Canada Cares Foundation at CBC Toronto Atrium and Sara received her award from Lieutenant Governor David Onley on May 6th, 2017.   Read more →

Family Caregivers Voice and Sinai Health System

Last year, Family Caregivers Voice’s co-founders (Carole Ann Alloway and Sara Shearkhani) approached Sinai Health System’s Bridgepoint Active Healthcare to design what was initially called “the caregiver village”; an idea inspired by the Dementia Village of the Netherlands and the Athens Village and other similar initiatives in US. In the coming weeks, we will share with you our idea in a form of a list “The… Read more →

Living Life to the Full- A Course for Family Caregivers by Canadian Mental Health Association

Carole Ann and I had a great meeting last week with great people of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to explores ways we can help each other to assist family caregivers. The meeting went absolutely fantastic and we learned a lot from our colleagues and friends at CMHA. One of the program that they have for family caregivers and we are… Read more →

2016 CAHSPR Conference

Carole Ann Alloway and Sara Shearkhani, co-founders of Family Caregivers Voice, presented at the 2016 CAHSPR conference on the topic of caregiver engagement. The panel discussion was designed by Health Quality Ontario. Carole Ann and Sara presented with representatives from HQO, The Change Foundation, CCAC, and Saint Elizabeth Health Care. The panel was very informative and well received. Read more →

Shedding New Light by The Change Foundation

“In March 2015, The Change Foundation formally released Out of the Shadows and Into the Circle, it’s 2015-2020 strategic plan focused on improving the experiences of family caregivers in the Ontario health care system and their interactions with health providers…. As part of this process, Sara Shearkhani worked with The Change Foundation to complete a literature review to summarize and… Read more →