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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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.

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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