Showing posts from May, 2013

Drums in school - local paper

Happy days

Its amazing what 24hrs can do ... today in respite all is well and Dad feels that staff are getting to know him and he can have extra cups of tea. The pate at tea was so good he has kept some for tomorrow. In his room..... He is helping 'the ones who need more help' and I love that. I hear so many residents complain about the less able so I value Dad caring.

Why I learn from Canadian First Nations People ...


Look out for the drums!

I believe the drums may be in The Plymouth Herald ... look out for them.

Nursing gently

The ancient parent (to quote  Dickens) was on a ward down here with me last year He commented on a nurse who gently prompted the gent opposite my Dads bed to drink every time she entered the bed bay. He had some kind of condition which caused him difficulty in his mouth. He also had Dementia. Dad noticed that her care kept him drinking and so helped his mouth care and kept him painfree. She did not take any extra time to do this It did not cost any more She simply prompted each time she passed in a very gently way as she was on her way to help the other men. Dad noticed the care. And he felt safer himself.

Interesting insight

My lovely Dad is in respite care somewhere north of here..... so I have decided to blog some of his thoughts... I called him on my way home from work and was surprised he was being asked through for his evening meal. It was 4 26pm  ..... Who is this timing for I ask myself? He eats at 7 or 8 normally when the family eat. I asked if he would have supper and he said " cup of tea and a biscuit- you get two if you are in favour" We have been trying hard to get him to eat as his teeth don't fit and his illness means he is not so hungry these days so I am interested in how well he is eating as has lost so much weight. When I called him later (trendy guy has a mobile) I asked how his tea was and he said "hellish" Then he said that the food for tea was got ready in advance and left in warming plates.. And if you know my family we are obsessive about the quality of our fried eggs... I cannot imagine my Dad voluntarily eating a hard fried egg... I grew up

Drums working at Stoke Damerel Community College - Celebrate Your Heartbeat!

What a fantastic day with the most amazing students and staff. Honouring  The Elders workshop The students invited people from the local sheltered housing to come and drum with us. They wrote amazing songs for them and taught them to drum. Thanks to Plymouth City Council Social Care for supporting Dementia Friendly Schools