Pendent Alarms are a great idea for anyone physically frailing. Even if it's never used, its presence tends to give peace of mind which empowers the individual to live more freely. Doreen lives alone in a large house, and although she is very active as a member of several clubs and with a range of visitors, her confidence has been knocked after a few minor falls and one serious one. For Doreen, her alarm system is the difference between her feeling safe to still live at home
It is absolutely critical that the person living with dementia is given person-centred care. "There is a Zulu saying that is very true: ‘A person is a person through others’. Give us reassurance, hugs support, a meaning of life. Value us for what we can still do and be, and be sure we retain social networks” - Christine Bryden (person living with dementia) ‘Personhood’ is a status that is bestowed on one human being by others, in the context of relationship and social being.
How might an older person want to spend their time? Bingo? Listening to Vera Lynn? Well for some people, sure, that's a treat, but it's certainly not true for everyone. Ageist, institutionalised approaches to elder-care tend to lump all 'older people' into one group and make assumptions about what is 'good for them', without really asking. Given that many of us are living to 100 years old these days (with average life expectancy in the UK as 86) - it's illogical to think th