Following the success of their Christmas and Easter message, the Parkland House poets have surprised us again with another touching poem reflecting the removal of wearing a uniform in the care home.
This is your home, and we’d like to welcome you,
We’ll open our arms and guide you,
Now this is your home, we’ll help you to embrace,
We’ll ensure you have your own space.
We are all here together to share the day,
We will help the bad days fade away,
Nothing is more important than wearing a smile,
To provide that extra mile.
Uniforms we used were once adorned,
Now we have been reformed.
No longer do we wear the barrier that separates us,
Wearing our smiles and our individuality is a must.
Now the uniforms have gone,
As carers we feel re-born,
We can unite as one,
As the uniforms are done.
Uniforms say to dementia you are ill and different from me,
Now our own clothing says we are a part of your family,
Everyone likes our bright colours we wear,
It makes them smile, comment and stare.
The uniforms gave a clinical air,
Now our clothing says we are fair,
We still approach with respect and care,
We are a part of the family that’s always there.
By Rhianne, Bekki, Lyn, Ann
Quote – “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”