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“Kinections” Project Starts in East Ayrshire Care Homes

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A new project, aimed at improving the lives of those with dementia living in care homes in East Ayrshire and those who support them, launched on Tuesday 6 February 2018 at Ayr Campus. The project, ‘Kinections – strengthening Community in Care Homes’, is being undertaken thanks to £225,000 funding from the Life Changes Trust.

Kinections is a partnership between the My Home Life Scotland/University of the West of Scotland and East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. My Home Life Scotland is part of a UK-wide and international movement committed to strengthening relationships between care homes and their local communities.

This three-year project will run until November 2020 and will specifically involve people living with dementia in care homes across East Ayrshire and those who support them. Care homes in East Ayrshire already engage in the exploration of what matters to people living with dementia, and ways in which the wider community may participate in enabling people to live the best lives possible. This funding will be used to build on this work and further develop capacity to find out what community means to people with dementia and to strengthen relationships between people living in care homes and their wider communities.

As part of the project care home residents, visiting family and friends, staff and members of the wider community will be involved in developing and trying out a variety of new ideas, activities and initiatives in the care setting and in the wider community. The ideas, activities and initiatives will be created in response to what is discovered in the project about what matters and what is valued by those living in care homes and those who support them.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Older People and Community Safety with East Ayrshire Council, said:

“Developing a relationship with care homes in our society should be an essential part of the modern day life experience. With the funding from the Life Changes Trust, we can make life that much more enjoyable for the residents by promoting more active community involvement and interaction surrounding our care homes.”

My Home Life sets out to support managers to create and sustain a positive relationship-centred culture in their care homes where the quality of life of residents, relatives and staff can flourish. Our school in partnership with Scottish Care is currently delivering My Home Life to over 100 care homes across Scotland.

Professor Belinda Dewar OBE, Professor of Practice Improvement with the University of the West of Scotland and Director of My Home Life, Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to have launched the ‘Kinections’ project which presents an exciting opportunity to build on the existing strengths of care homes in East Ayrshire. Through their involvement in the My Home Life movement we have seen how committed those who live, work and visit care homes in East Ayrshire are to creating care homes where everyone can flourish.”

Edel Roddy, Project Lead, who is based in our school said

“The vision of My Home Life is of a world where care homes are cherished by their local communities. It is our aim that this project becomes an exemplar of the benefits of care homes, and those who live, work and visit them, being valued and supported by the local community.”

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Launch of ‘Kinections: Strengthening Community in Care Homes Within East Ayrshire

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A new project in East Ayrshire will be launched on Feb 6th, 2018 the University of the West of Scotland Ayr campus.

The project, ‘Kinections- strengthening community in care homes’ is being delivered thanks to £225,000 funding from The Life Changes Trust.

The project is a partnership between the My Home Life Scotland/ University of the West of Scotland and East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. My Home Life Scotland is part of a UK-wide and international movement committed to strengthening relationships between care homes and their local communities. This project will specifically involve people living with dementia in care homes across the East Ayrshire region and those who support them, in both rural and urban communities.

Care homes in East Ayrshire already engage in an exploration of what matters to people living with dementia, and ways in which the wider community may participate in enabling people to live the best lives possible.  This funding will be used to build on this work and further develop the capacity to find out what community means to people with dementia and to strengthen relationships between people living in care homes and the wider community. As part of the project care home residents, visiting family and friends, staff and members of the wider community will be involved in trying out a variety of new ideas, activities, and initiatives in the care setting and in the wider community.

Professor Belinda Dewar, Professor of Practice Improvement with the University of the West of Scotland, said,

“We are delighted to have secured funding from Life Changes Trust for this exciting new project which will build on our strong relationship with East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership. Through this project we will work closely with care home residents living with dementia and those who support them to discover what matters to them, their hopes and aspirations and what being part of a dementia-friendly community means to them. The project will be underpinned by My Home Life’s commitment to appreciative inquiry and relationship-centred practice. By prioritising reciprocal relationships and valuing everyone living, dying, visiting, working and volunteering in care homes we are aiming to create an enriched care environment where older people with dementia and staff and families who support them experience a sense of security, belonging, continuity, purpose, achievement, and significance.”

Councillor Jim McMahon, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Older People and Community Safety with East Ayrshire Council, said, 

“Dementia can really affect someone’s life in a number of ways and they can often end up isolated. Here in East Ayrshire, we are constantly striving to make sure no one is left feeling lonely and getting the community involved with our care homes is definitely having a positive impact on our residents with dementia. This funding from the Life Changes Trust is fantastic as it gives us the opportunity to further involve the community in our care homes and bridge the gap between all our residents here in East Ayrshire.”

For tickets to the event CLICK HERE. The Password if required is “community”

For more information on Life Change Trust funding for Dementia Friendly Communities, see the Trust website: http://www.lifechangestrust.org.uk/projects/dementia-friendly-communities

Happy St Andrews Day!

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Happy St Andrews Day from everyone here @uwshealth and @UniWestScotland. Have you seen the Scottish Google Doodle? If not got to https://g.co/doodle/eg2mc8

How about a bit of Tartan? If you’d like to get some, why not buy from the stoatin’ range of Alzheimer Scotland Tartan goodies to celebrate and support one of our partners.

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Best wishes also from all @AlzScotCPP 

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Professor Dewar visits MHL Australia

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Professor Belinda Dewar OBE visited Adelaide last week where she worked with 14 participants to further develop their facilitation skills to run My Home Life Australia led by the South Australia innovation hub – http://sainnovationhub.org/

Gareth Norman CEO from Bundalear is keen to develop the recently launched LIEE (learning and innovating from everyday excellence) programmes at UWS as part of their new Centre at Bundaleer. Bundaleer provides independent living, residential care, home care and respite services. They are based on the New South Wales Mid-North Coast in the regional town of Wauchope.

Gareth said:

“My Home Life provides an extraordinary approach to the way we relate to others every day, especially through the effective use of emotional connections.  By being appreciative and focused on relationships as part of the development of better practice, we can realise, for example, that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own, and begin to understand the language, connotations, and images that we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.

Through the MHL methodology, we can together consider different approaches to engagement; following the framework of have caring and considered conversations, we can support people to be courageous and curious, and connect emotionally and purposefully to what matters.  The MHL methodology connects the conscious and subconscious mind, to together collaborate and celebrate achievements.”

@AlzScotCPP Lecturers Make a Key Contribution to Latest HEDN Position Paper

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Margaret Brown and Anna Waugh of the of the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS have made a key contribution to a position paper by The Higher Education Dementia Network (HEDN) which has called for dementia education for all health and social care professionals.

There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is predicted to rise to 1 million by 2025. Two thirds of people with dementia live in the community, around one third in a care home, and approximately one quarter of acute hospital beds are occupied by people with dementia. Therefore care of people with dementia is relevant to the entire health, social care and housing system.

Margaret Brown said:

“I have been impressed by the commitment of this team who are passionate to make dementia education front and centre of ensuring good quality care for the person living with dementia and their families”

Professor Claire Surr, of Leeds Beckett University, said:

“Professional bodies have a clear role to play in ensuring the health, social care and housing workforce are meeting the needs of those affected by dementia. We would like to see national knowledge and skills frameworks established as a required and monitored sector minimum standard. We recommend that application of the Frameworks become a requirement for (re)validation of health, social care and housing pre-qualifying education.”

A second position paper will be published in early 2018 on best practice methods for embedding dementia education within the curriculum, aimed both at the professional regulatory bodies and Higher Education Institutions.

To see their position paper click here

 

Let’s Keep Vivianne Going by Supporting Aspire

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Vivianne Crispin, one of the Adult Lecturers at our Hamilton Campus is doing a swimming challenge for a charity called Aspire. Aspire provide support and equipment for people with spinal cord injuries.

Vivianne has picked this charity for personal reasons. As she states:

“I have a spinal cord injury and I’m very fortunate not to be wheelchair bound like so many others. I have had two accidents that have resulted in permanent loss of sensation and movement in my lower left leg and foot. But my accidents could so easily have left me with limited mobility on both sides. So many others have spinal cord injuries that have resulted in a more serious loss than I have experienced and this is why I am interested in raising money for this charity and took on tier 2017 swimming challenge”

The Aspire Channel Swim Challenge 2017 is to swim the distance of the English Channel (22 miles) over 12 weeks. Vivianne is I’m almost halfway there already! If you would like to help Vivianne to raise more funds for this wonderful charity  you can visit  Vivianne’s Just Giving Page