Good day TR friends! Apologies for such a gap in posts, what a whirlwind the last 6 months have been! Sadly, there have been some opportunities that I had wanted to share, but they have since come and gone – I am still going to post these items, as they may prove to be a connection point for those that are interested in the information.
Wow, what a whirlwind of a month! Like me, can you believe its almost July?!
Well, that means that I should empty out the inbox again… So here is a mash-up of things that I came across and wanted to share:
Good evening TR friends – I’ve got another jam-packed list for you again this month!
Quite often when I come across interesting or relevant information, I email it to myself, thinking, ‘I’ll add that to the blog later’… But when it comes time to add a new post or information, I often struggle with organization and maintaining fresh, up to date, dynamic content. Any bloggers out there who want to offer some friendly advice, I’m all ears!
So today, I’m going to post a LONG one in an attempt to clean out my inbox!
I know, I know… It’s not even really spring yet and here I am talking about October… But you want me to mention this… In my random searches, I came across what will be perhaps the most inspiring set of keynote speakers coming together at one conference, and I figured the world would want to know about it!
1) I don’t have to be musically inclined in order to use aspects of music in care.
2) Every caregiver, professional or not, can implement aspects of music during care (see point #1).
Out of the many, these were my two biggest take-homes from the Level One session.
You know that guy? Butterfly care homes. Dementia care matters.
To be honest, I’m still processing it all. I am incredibly inspired, yet I already feel defeated. Creating a change of culture takes such dedication I wonder if I am up for the task, I know I want to be part of the change (and not just in dementia care). I did ask him how it is that we navigate being the push against the current quality of care in care facilities.
Thank you to Bev S. for sharing this fabulous resource with me – I want to share it with you! Though I have been working very hard on my own language, I do at times struggle with finding an appropriate way to describe a client’s behaviour in a person-centred way.
The Alzheimer Society has put together this great resource, which you can download here: Person-Centred Language Guidelines.
A few days ago my daughter sent me a link to a recent and exciting news story: Canada’s first ‘dementia village’ is set to open its doors in Langley, BC, next year. The Village’s design was inspired by Hogeweyk, the world’s first dementia village, in The Netherlands; the main difference being the Village will be in a rural setting on five acres.
Want an example of person-centered care improving safety?
Care home residents in Wales have been decorating their Zimmer frames, with help from local schoolchildren. The Pimp My Zimmer project aims to reduce falls after a care home matron noticed people with dementia sometimes find it hard to recognize their own frame. One care home claims the project has reduced falls by up to 60%.
Make your heart happy and check out the story here: Pimp My Zimmer Project Reduces Falls