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Keep Calm – Because LOVE is the answer – Our Model of Ageing

What do you get when you add an architect, an educational strategist and a nurse and combined decades of time working in the aged care environment together? Oops!!!! forgot something. Let’s add the shared values of a committed belief in love, caring and empathy being part of the ageing experience for all people, across the globe.

Well, in short, you get respected colleagues who become loved friends, a lot of reflection, a lot of sharing, a lot of talking and now a lot of action. Read more Keep Calm – Because LOVE is the answer – Our Model of Ageing

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♥ ♥ I am back – to spread the LOVE – there is work to be done♥ ♥

There are so many systemic and pervasive issues impacting on the care of older people both in the community and in residential aged care settings.  Any of us who continue to work in these settings, know that even in “good facilities and good environments” we find regular examples of care practices that expose us to feelings varying from discomfort to downright despair.

Read more ♥ ♥ I am back – to spread the LOVE – there is work to be done♥ ♥

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Working on me to influence PCC Hint number 2: “A smile on your dial”

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ~Mother Teresa

A beautiful smile A smile seems a most appropriate place to start in how to influence the environments within which we work.

I was reminded of the importance of humour from attending a presentation of Dr Peter Spitzer of the Clown Doctors the other evening.

Read more Working on me to influence PCC Hint number 2: “A smile on your dial”

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Working on me to influence PCC : Hint number 1 : Do your research

You cannot open a book without learning something. (Confucius)

Importantly you have to have a belief that things can be better. When you are convinced of that,  you need to do your research and find evidence to underpin those beliefs.  Information is everywhere. At no other time in life have we been more exposed to the capacity to seek guidance and information from so many sources. But you have to be thirsty – do your research find your resources. Then share them …even with people, who may not want to share them….and you will make them thirsty also.

So what are some of the things that may influence the care of people in the aged care environment in a more person centred way ?

Obviously information about Person centred Care is the place to start. Read and gather resources to share with others. You might like to start with the “Father” of person centred care” Professor Tom Kittwood and move on from there. His book “Dementia Reconsidered: The Person Comes First ” is a place to start.

You may like to look at this PowerPoint slide presentation as an…/conf05_pape_Woods2.pdf

or some work put together in Australia:

But also be thirsty for information around change management (and that is really what we need to do) and communication and leadership. You might like to consider setting up a research group in your work environment – where different people research different things and share it with colleagues in some formal or informal way. You might like to look for resources to share on change management and managing change in challenging (aged care) environments??

So ….the Mantra for you and me this week is:

  • Every day this week I will search for an answer to something which will enhance my professional environment
  • Every day this week I will share this information with others

And how will you know you have succeeded

  • You will be enriched by new learning’s
  • Your environment will be enriched by new learning’s
  • You will have an increased passion for your work

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And so in the beginning….

Everyone thinks of changing the world…but no one thinks of changing themselves (Leo Tolstoy)

I am going to have some regular short sharp blogs over the next few months …to reflect on some of the things each and every one of us working in aged care can do to increase person centeredness in the environments within which we work.

It is so easy to put out there …in so many ways…that the issues that arise and that we are often forced to face in the aged care setting are because of “the thems” . “The thems” might be the government, the bureaucrats, the funders, the owners, the managers, the colleagues, the families or even the clients ….but seldom do we explore the “us” in that equation. The reality of course in life…is that it is only the “ us” that we can influence or change.

But in doing so – we have an opportunity to influence others by demonstrating another way … a way that is valued and respected and appreciated …a way that others want to follow…a way that improves the quality of life of those we choose to serve.

You might like to look a bit further at a model called the integral model (Ken Wilbur) which provides an increased academic understanding of some of these principles of change.

You might like to understand this further :

or see the potential of its application:

The broader application of the integral model reiterates that there is an interior and an exterior world that we can influence. The interior world is that which influences people and culture, whilst the exterior world influences performance and systems.

There are also potential interferences which may compromise the integral approach. Things such as self talk, or behaviour or culture and systems.  This series of blogs will attempt to provide some strategies in all of these areas…particularly as it relates to creating more person centred environments for older people.

Each of these blogs will have a format of an introduction to the subject material – a set of tasks for us to undertake – appropriate resources to assist – and some guidance as to how to measure whether you have made a difference.

I look forward to your contribution also and hope that we will be able to mutually share strategies and resources in the quest to create increasingly positive environments for older people.

After all ….each of us can make a difference

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences that we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” – Marian Wright Edelman,