Be The Change You Want To See

Be The Change You Want To See

By Daz Smith

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When I started as an aged care worker 30 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. Showering, dressing, toileting and feeding were all part of a task orientated day for the people I cared for in an aged care facility.

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Jacqui 1st Apr 2017
Great article seeing all people in our care as people first and not the person with dementia or special needs etc is a good place to start I believe.
Kim 28th Mar 2017
What a wonderful article. Last night I watched a program on the ABC relating to the mistreatment of special needs clients in a "care facility'. it made me sick, it made me cry and it made me angry. Most importantly it made me think about how I relate to the Residents in my care. I work in age care. Everyone of my residents are different to the next and should be treated as such, with dignity, respect and what used to be called common decency. I fear that person centred care will not become a reality whilst the Dollar rules the bottom line. We that work in this industry have to make it happen regardless and do the very best we can to provide a safe and fulfilling life for those in our care. Stand strong and be proud to support those in need.
Daz 28th Mar 2017
Person centred care is about building relationships.

Its about making the lived experience enjoyable for all involved.

Sheri 22nd Mar 2017
I feel like crying.. I am of the 'new generation' of carers who want to see person centered care put into practise in all residential facilities. I struggle with this daily. I am told I am slow, I don't understand time management, they have a menu to go by. etc etc. These same people say when they end up in care they want this they want that.. when I explain that's what I try to do for our residents now I am ridiculed... (I won't give up trying). It's a hard slog but I know eventually it will change, but dealing with old carers who think they know better and time time time is all they care about peeves me. I treat our residents like they are my grandma or great grandma (both of who I have cared for at different times). One day Daz we WILL see the change
Daz 22nd Mar 2017
Hi Sheri,
This one is for you and all the other people who want to see change.
Find like minded people in you workplace and come together to discuss how to change the small things.
The best way is to lead by example and after a while others will get on board.
Please see this video called the LONE NUT, it always inspires me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ

Remember this " WHEN YOU FEEL FLAT OR SAD, STOP FEELING FLAT OR SAD AND BE AWESOME INSTEAD"
Linda 3rd Apr 2017
Hello Sheri and Daz.....heartwarming to read your struggles. There is nothing worse than the brigade that tell us we are slow, because we care, give that bit extra time, listen, assist and laugh. We all know we have to conform to certain times e.g. Lunch is the most common, but apart from that, we cannot be regimented and I admire your commitments. I have likeminded friends in the caring world and can only say onwards and upwards. When in doubt I use the bench mark of "if this was my loved one, what would I want for them" it usually puts my mind at peace as to the right or wrongs in a situation. Bestests to all carers.
Romary 21st Mar 2017
This is an excellent article. I believe it happens more in places where the dementia clients are amongst the elderly folk who do not suffer from this disease. Caring for dementia clients is a completely different way of helping someone, and the needs of the carer to know this, require specific training, love of their work, a huge supply of patience and dedication. We are all different and this is more so with those suffering from any form of dementia and particularly Alzheimer disease.
Lisa 21st Mar 2017
I love the way that you think Daz!
Darla 21st Mar 2017
Thank you for this article. It came at the right time.
Daz Smith 21st Mar 2017
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