Consulting people with memory loss. Collaboration between Dementia Voice and UWE funded by Department of Health under section 64 grant. The Dignity Challenge (SCIE, 2006).
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Collaboration between Dementia Voice and UWE funded by Department of Health under section 64 grant
Attending the centre:
Making choices within the centre
1. Community support workers role ;
‘I tried to respond to what you hoped are the feelings underlying the speech. I would try to respond as if I understood her and then she would say more and so it was a conversation of feelings and intent not literal meaning
‘ the time to find out where they are at, where they are in their heads when they are trying to communicate’( CSW2)
‘I just go in as a friend, as a neighbour ….just someone to pop in’ (CSW 1)
I have been going for the last four years, we’ve actually started off with them making their own decisions, going out for a walk, where to go , which paper to buy…..as they have progressed I have to help them decide (to do something they liked doing) and I have to encourage them. …..they are insecure and unsure of themselves……but when they know you’re going to let them grab hold of your arm and you’re safely with them they feel much more confident.