About Us

 

About Legacies Inc.

Resources Supporting Family and Community Legacies Inc.  (Legacies Inc.) was founded as a not-for-profit Canadian corporation in 1999.


Harry van Bommel is the Founder and Executive Director of Legacies Inc., author of over 50 books, and speaks nationally and international on the issues dear to us at Legacies.


Harry van Bommel is an adult educator with over 35 years experience in the fields of family caregiving, home and hospice care, adult education, and management and staff development. His home and hospice care books, Caring for Loved Ones at Home and Family Hospice Care have been used by over 1 million patients, families, professional and volunteer care providers across the country through a partnership with over 500 organizations.


He wrote the Home Modification Guide: Helping Canadians Live Independently at Home     and     Going Home: A Family Caregiver’s Guide to Transitioning from Hospital to Home, both published by Caregiver Omnimedia with 50,000 copies of each.


Harry speaks passionately from the perspective of patients and families when addressing national and international audiences. He cared for both of his parents and his grandfather at home until they died and recognizes that more than one quarter (26.6%) of the adult population has provided care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during the past year most with inadequate information on how to provide that care well. The pool of family caregivers is dwindling. In 1990 there were 11 potential caregivers for each person needing care. In 2050 that ratio will be 4:1. Harry wants to ensure that all caregivers have the information and access to supports they require to meet their needs. One of his other passions are family histories and learning.


Legacies has a simple philosophy:


  1. Bullet1. Stay small and think big.

  2. Bullet2. Reach the widest audience possible with information that is practical and immediately useful.

  3. Bullet3. Recognize and encourage the mutual exchange of people's gifts for the betterment of individuals, families and communities.


We welcome your comments and contributions, and invite you to purchase our publications for yourself and your organization. It is through our publications and speaking fees that we can keep this website and our free online books available to people around the world.

 

|  About | Contact | Home

navCare

Navigating Healthcare and other Systems