Dementia book…..

Morning all

Day off today and I aim to spend it doing things for me I hope. Firstly cleaning so that weekend I can relax and next will be to (well what I am doing now) update blog and Facebook page. I will then venture to do as requested by my lovely man and go purchase some clothes or shoes with my gorgeous daughter.

So as the 2nd job is to update this page I thought I would share a book that I have just seen on the Alzheimer’s page on Facebook and I know you out there in blog world will have people you know who are suffering in the darkness of this disease call dementia and all its strains.

 

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I hope you find the book a worthwhile read.

Hope all of you out there that are struggling to support and care for loved ones with dementia will gain something.

There are many things out there to help please share any of your thoughts. To give guidance and support I hope you are finding what you need X

My Facebook page is there just to use as a sounding board if need be for gaining advice or just sharing stories and experiences. Also if you find a resource for care. Not just dementia like care ever type of care we do out there.

Please check out my Facebook page,

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Sharing our stories is a way of giving value to those that support individuals, the media is quick to jump on all the positive stories but we need to see some of those good news stories in care that are out there. I know they exist just people seem to focus on negatives.

 

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Care and what does is mean?

Care Definition:

The provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something:the care of the elderly, the child is in the care of her grandparents healthcare

 

For me care is about enabling, supporting, reassuring and protecting people. I know there are lots of amazing carers out there who do a tireless job (some not even seeing it as a job).

My mother cares for my father she puts all her energy and love into ensuring they have a good life together enabling and supporting him to enjoy every aspect of life by making their time together full of experiences.She values every moment she has and never ever looks back.

I have 2 friends who care for their boys who have difficulties and do it with warm hearts and open minds, not expecting the world to see them  but I see them both, their time is filled with caring for these boys who need their full attention but never do they regret being there for them or regret having them just as they are.

Me well my job was to care, within the care sector supporting individuals with Learning disabilities to fulfil what they needed or wanted within their lives, not always positive moments (at times a little shocking) but mainly moments that will stay with me, moments of achievement and rewards, moments of sadness and joy, moments that would make your hair curl but never ever did I regret my choice of career. I actually used to love my job even though it was full on and there was a lot of battles that I tried to fight on their behalf (some we won as a team).  What I worry about is that now in the job I do I don’t see many people who have the same ethos or compassion about supporting people out there who are vulnerable, yes there are some who are out there who love their job and doing amazingly but surely this should not be a few it should be most.

So I ask you what is care to you and how can we nurture new carers to give the BEST they can to people who need our BEST. Is it about qualification as I don’t think it is.

 

09:40 on Monday 20th July in the Year 2015 and I am still on Squirrel Watch!

Oh dear, 4 emails sent (so some work) and now this is how bad its got 🙂

FullSizeRender (2)Camera is at the ready, I am now positioned so that I can move like a gazelle if required (maybe an exaggeration). Think of way to coax the little mite onto my shed roof so that I can get a better shot (not self indulgent for conservation purposes). Still no reply from The Red Squirrel Survival Trust.  Think may actually name him/her. This is not an obsession I have decided its an Interest (sounds so much better). Now must get back to marking work for the Health and Social care Diploma so that I can get back to Squirrel Watch later.

11:56 no sighting but that is mainly due to the pile that is mounting on my sofa, I do have a system that I am trying to focus on but I have to confess I am still intrigued by the squirrel and whether it will be back by the end of the day. Lots of annoying pigeons doing battle but I don’t feel the need to photograph those. Right back to the marking it is (shame can’t have a glass of vino to get me through the marking). Well here is hoping for squirrel watch to produce another sighting. Even the cat is getting in the way. Oh and come on RSST get back to me please.

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Dementia awareness

If you are someone with Dementia or a family member caring for someone or you work with individuals with dementia, then please know that you’re not alone. In the darkness that can be Dementia there are people out there who can help. If your concerned it’s better to see your GP as soon as your can, at times there are some illnesses that can mimic the symptoms of Dementia and it’s good to be able to confirm what you are dealing with.
Since I supported an individual with Dementia a number of years ago the information out there has exploded and become more proactive.
I work as an assessor facilitating a qualification that can be so helpful in supporting you to understand dementia.
So check out sites that will give free training, or free guidance. Some will let you download for free.

http://www.scie.org.uk/publications/dementia/index.asp

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Let’s get it right 

 Let’s not lock ourselves up from being able to do our job out there in care. Look out for help and guidance. There are lots of places to go to enable you to remove the chains and to allow support and help in.
Asking for help is not wrong it’s the key to independence and choice.

Here is a version of the Care Act Regarding carers and their rights. Worth a read and also in this there is a support group for carers.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/pages/carers-rights-care-act-2014.aspx

Also the carer or soon to be carers prepare yourselves. It seems at present for new carers. 

I feel this is a good idea and should happen for all care staff out there. Its basic care knowledge that will set you on the right track to commence supporting individuals that are vulnerable in a way that ensure dignity and respect, as surely that is a basic right.
http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Standards/Care-Certificate/Care-Certificate.aspx

Welcome to Pull Up a Chair and Lets Talk Care

As I have worked within the Care sector for over 20 years I feel there is a need to have a place to chat about the things that happen within care and how we can smile about them at the end of the day. Whether you are a full time carer of a family member or a healthcare working within companies this place here right now is a place of positives and honesty of what it can be like out there in the care world. Its about sharing snippets of humour, to share support networks that are out there and to share knowledge.

Ultimately I would like it to be a place to show care in a positive light.11407293_1610030399236995_901733959132680691_n