Life beyond the big front door.
This Blog is about dementia strategies in real terms.
I was lucky enough today to listen to our community engagement officer talk so eloquently about life beyond the front door and the need for us to bring the world of the outside into residential care.
Then the environment experienced by those in residential care, who may for various reasons be unable to access the outside world, will still be one where there is a chance to experience the everyday connections we take for granted, and so often need to promote general health and well being. The social connection between generations is one we might miss as fundamental to well being for both. I was fascinated to listen to his first hand experience. He has seen first hand the benefit of mixing the generations,both parties benefit and like everything in life it is all about achieving balance.
When we deliver care ensuring that we make time for the recipient not only to take part but be at the centre of the whole process in any way they can we empower residents. In applying the concept of doing with rather than doing to we change the dynamics. Here the carer or volunteer often feels assured they are meeting the recipients needs and the recipient by being part of the whole process ensures a task transforms into a joint decision which adds value for both parties.
Listening to my colleague discussing so eloquently community engagement I considered the concept of mutual gain and same but different. As we all constantly listen to reporting in the media that criticises our care system and what it offers the most vulnerable in our society I for one was inspired to think that many people are striving not only to help residents’ experience life beyond our front doors but are committed to opening it and inviting life in over the threshold for those who cannot access it in any other way.