Peninsula Care Homes is pleased to support John’s Campaign, which supports the rights of people living with dementia to be supported by their family carers. Named after Dr John Gerrard, who died in November 2014 after a catastrophic stay in hospital. Following his death his daughter wanted to improve life for those living with dementia who need to stay in hospital.
The campaign was launched with a single, simple principle: We should not enforce disconnection between carers and those who need care. When someone with dementia is hospitalized, the medical staff should do all within their power to make access easy for family carers and utilise their expert knowledge and their love.
Throughout the country over 400 wards and hospitals have made pledges to improve the care to those living with dementia, being more open, welcoming and supportive of carers. More recently the campaign has been adopted by residential and nursing homes across the company.
By joining the campaign we are reiterating our commitment to provide the best possible care to those living in our homes and support to their carers. Carers/families are more than “visitors” to a person with dementia; they are an integral part of that person’s life and identity and often their best means of connection with the world.
At Peninsula we do not have visiting hours and welcome visitors at any time. Families and friends are encouraged to be part of the life of the home. Many help with the gardening, arts and crafts, attending parties, and joining us with outings. Families join our meetings and contribute to sharing ideas, experiences and improvement plans within the homes.
It is well documented that knowing an individual’s life history enables Homes to care for them in the best possible way. We rely on families to offer insights and help us learn about a resident’s preferences, hobbies, past life stories. Whilst attending Eden Alternative training recently we were asked to share a small pleasure….for many it was the first mug of coffee, served in their favourite mug and made with just the perfect amount of sugar and milk. It is these small pleasures that family can share and make such a difference to us delivering quality care personalised to the individual.
We look forward to seeing John’s Campaign continue to grow momentum and help make a positive difference to those living with dementia in our care and when they have to visit hospital.