Emptying out the inbox!

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!

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How you feel after listening to Dr. David Sheard?

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.

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Person-Centred Language Guidelines

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.

Canada’s Own “Dementia Village” & INCREDIBLE Puree Resource

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.

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Feel Good Story – The ‘Pimp My Zimmer’ Project

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

Local Resource – Free Outings (Edmonton & Area)

This fantastic resource was shared with me through the grapevine.  Though it is only a weekly snapshot of the working document, I thought that it would be of use to those that work in the community.  A should out to Anissa L., the creator of this document, for sharing it with the masses!

Download the Word Doc here: Free Outings