The Daily Sparkle Blog...
When someone goes into a care home, it is a massive shock to their feeling of self. Suddenly they are in strange surroundings, which have nothing reminding them of home or their previous life. How can you ease this transition?
Ahead of World Rocks Against Dementia in March, we speak to the wonderful and inspirational Norrms McNamara, about life with dementia, his thoughts about the future and his proudest moments...
This is a great time of year to plan with our residents ways that they can maintain and improve their fitness over the coming months.
Chris Wilkins, founder of Sporting Memories Network, shares with us his passion for sporting reminiscence and the power that a shared love of sport can bring.
Jade Sheridan is the lead of a team of five Recreation and Leisure coordinators at Avalon Court Care Home in Coventry, where she has been for one year. "It is so rewarding knowing that you have a direct impact on someone’s life, in such a positive way."
Jan has worked in care for the last 12 years, and prior to that worked in agriculture. Her care home, The Old Vicarage Care Home in Dorset, was awarded an outstanding rating by the CQC this year.
We spend a lot of time considering the right articles to put in every single one of the Daily Sparkles. Our company slogan is ‘Happy Memories’ and it’s very important to us that we don’t bring up difficult or challenging topics for people. But sometimes, finding that balance, can be tricky.
KATE GRANGE, Dementia Lead, Norse Care. "The best thing about my job is... Spending time with our residents, tenants and families in our home and seeing how the teams and I can make a difference to their lives."
This month, Suzanne Mumford explores how and why reminiscence therapy can help people who are isolated or lacking in confidence to feel more able to join groups and make friends
Some of the key aspects of CST include getting people’s minds active and engaged, encouraging new ideas (rather than just reminiscing) and asking for opinions rather than facts, which helps focus on people’s strengths to build self confidence. In addition, using reminiscence as an aid to the here and now and to provide triggers and prompts aids recall and concentration.
We have been talking a lot about person-centred care recently. Not so much because it’s something that we do – even though it is, and it is the core of our work – but more so because we are concerned about how its meaning is becoming rather confused. In many ways, I am starting to feel that its real meaning has been lost over the years.
Currently only one per cent of care homes achieve the Outstanding rating. But, far from being a bad thing, this is a great thing. If we are to see a step change in care for the elderly and those with dementia, we must set the bar very, very high
One of the things we come up against time and again when speaking to homes, managers and activity co-ordinators about activities is the issue of cost. Budgets for activities remain frustratingly low for many homes and hospitals and it’s a constant juggling act to try and rationalise what you’re spending against the value activities obviously deliver for your residents.
Person-centered care simply means understanding what really matters to the individual person – not what the medical teams or families think is the most important thing, but what matters to the person with dementia, at that specific moment in time that you are with them, and responding to that need.
Suzanne Mumford, Specialist Advisor (Nursing) on CQC care home inspection teams and a qualified trainer who is working with us on our Best Practice Training Course for activity co-ordinators, explores the benefits of using life story and life experience information for people with dementia, and discusses some of the potential barriers and suggestions for improving their use.