Dementia Awareness Week 2016 – Day Two

Tuesday, 17th May 2016

We are now into the second day of Dementia Awareness Week 2016 and we are delighted to provide an article by Jo Wood who is a member of our hourly home care team in Harrogate. Jo has been a member of our team for over 4 years, is a qualified nurse and has trained in the Contented Dementia Trust’s unique approach to supporting people living with dementia – the SPECAL method.

Jo gives a fantastic insight into how she focuses on relationships, fun and going the extra mile to understand and know her clients. It paints a great picture of how a positive approach to dementia as a condition can make a huge difference.

“Working with a client who has been diagnosed with Dementia is a privilege. I find the experience very rewarding, albeit on occasions it can be rather challenging. I have been supporting a gentleman since he became a Carefound Home Care client in November 2014 and seeing him smile at me for the first time after a few visits is really special and rewarding. During this time I have built a professional relationship with him, as a result I have found out so much of his life history from him, all of this is due to taking the time to get to know each other.  

On one occasion I was talking to him about my dogs and this prompted my client to search through a box where he then showed me photographs of his dog – it is clear he enjoys the tales I tell him about my dogs and the activities they get up to, it never fails to raise a smile.

As a home carer I find that laughter is the best medicine and my client has a good sense of humour, this is often evident when he does his exercises especially when he is doing his side step exercises, he always finds this very humorous and we usually both end up laughing. Building up trust with him and his family is vital as they are able to talk to you about concerns, and over time the client and family will open up to you.

At Carefound Home Care we have the luxury of visiting the same clients on a regular basis ensuring continuity of care and visits from carers who know the client and the client knows the carer too.”