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Campaign tells staff "You Can Make A Difference" for people with dementia and their carers

The Health and Social Care ALLIANCE’s Dementia Carer Voices project is embarking on an exciting new campaign for 2014, calling upon Scotland’s Health and Social Care professionals to consider how they can assist people with dementia and their carers.

The team will be taking the You Can Make A Difference> campaign to staff across the country to highlight that no matter what their role, everyone working in Health and Social Care Services has the potential to transform the lives and experiences of people with dementia and their carers, often in seemingly small ways. Staff will be given the opportunity to reflect on carer’s personal stories and make a pledge based on one key message or action that they will take away and apply to their everyday practice to make a difference. 

Some of the pledges received so far include;

“I pledge to listen with open ears and and open heart.”

“I pledge to view the person I care for as all that they have been, they are and all that they can be.”

“I pledge to take the time to speak to the person’s family and provide support to make their lives as fulfilling as possible.”

Tommy Whitelaw, Dementia Carer Voices Project Engagement Lead, said: 

“Carers tell us that a little bit of time, listening and understanding can make an unimaginable difference during what can be a very difficult and lonely journey. In my case it was a district nurse who not only gave me practical advice about how to take care of my mum, but sat down, put her arm around me and told me ‘You’re doing all right. You can make that difference.”

Irene Oldfather, Director, the ALLIANCE said:

 “This work reaches out and touches the hearts of many people, not least Health and Social Care students and professionals. These interactions are an ideal opportunity for staff to pause and reflect on what is really important to the people in their care.  Make a pledge, make a difference.”

For more information on the campaign and to find out how you can submit your pledge, visit dementiacarervoices.wordpress.com >

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