Loneliness Awareness Week was created three years ago by The Marmalade Trust to raise awareness of loneliness throughout the UK and to start talking about it.
This year the campaign focuses on reducing the stigma of loneliness and to promote #LetsTalkLoneliness
Many people will experience loneliness at some point in their lives. However it is known that older people are particularly vulnerable to loneliness and isolation which can have an effect on their health.
Avoiding loneliness in our homes has always been at the forefront of our work. Our staff create loving, social and active environments for everyone to take part in.
Parkland House have recently been accredited as an Eden Alternative home and joined the Eden Alternative UK Register.
The Eden Alternative is an American philosophy which compliments our vision for our homes. It is a person centred approach to care aimed to support residents play a full and active role in their community by challenging loneliness, helplessness and boredom.
We believe it helps us provide exceptional care and support from our team who are committed to promoting resident independence and well-being.
The Eden Alternative believes the solution to the three challenges are:
- Loneliness: loving companionship, contact with people and animals in and out of the home.
- Helplessness: create opportunities to give as well as receive care.
- Boredom: Daily life full of variety and spontaneity.
Help raise awareness this week and get chatting about loneliness by tagging #LetsTalkLoneliness
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.