As we approach September 21st, World Alzheimer's Day 2023, we at Meallmore are filled with a profound sense of reflection and dedication. For over 30 years, our commitment to providing exceptional standards of quality care has been unwavering. Today, we embark on a journey to highlight World Alzheimer's Day, not just as a day of awareness but as a reminder of our core values and the impact of Alzheimer's and dementia on the lives of our residents and their families.
The inspiration for this blog post comes from a moving article by Donald Macaskill, found on ScottishCare.org. In his article, titled "Give me your hand: the season for dementia priority" Mr. Macaskill eloquently portrays the essence of living with dementia, the challenges faced, and the need for societal support. It's a narrative that resonates deeply with our mission at Meallmore.
Understanding Dementia and Our Commitment
Dementia, as Mr. Macaskill aptly points out, is a complex condition with a multitude of symptoms, including memory loss, speech impediments, and behavior changes. It is a reality for many, especially among individuals over the age of 65. At Meallmore, we recognise the unique and personal nature of dementia. It's not just a diagnosis; it's an individual's journey, and our approach can make all the difference.
Our dementia care services are designed to provide peace of mind within a secure, homely environment for residents living with dementia and its related conditions. What sets us apart is our commitment to personalised care. We take the time to truly understand our residents, their interests, hobbies, and routines, allowing them to continue living their lives as they did before their stay with us.
Dementia Ambassadors - Making a Difference
In our pursuit of excellence, we've introduced dementia ambassadors within our organisation. These dedicated individuals play a pivotal role in the lives of those with dementia. They not only provide exceptional care but also bring compassion, understanding, and empathy to every interaction. They understand that dementia is more than a medical condition; it's a deeply personal experience, and they are there to hold the hand of those who need it most.
Supporting Families Through the Journey
We understand that dementia doesn't just affect the individual; it has a profound impact on families as well. That's why we actively work with families to help them comprehend dementia, its effects on individuals, and how to navigate the challenges it presents. Our goal is to be a source of support and guidance during what can be a challenging and emotional journey.
The Influence of ScottishCare.org's Message
Mr. Macaskill's words in his article profoundly resonate with our values and mission. He speaks of a Scotland where individuals living with dementia can belong to a society and nation that truly upholds equality and human rights. This sentiment aligns with our vision of providing not just care but also a sense of belonging and dignity to our residents.
His poignant description of the changing seasons of love and loss, as reflected in the poem "Give me your hand" encapsulates the emotional journey that many of our residents and their families go through. It's a journey that encompasses moments of joy and sorrow, and it's our privilege to be there, hand in hand, with our residents through every season.
Give me your hand.
The autumn has come.
We will walk under the trees in the one light that is single as steel.
The trees are without crowns.
They have lost their silks.
The queens have left us.
They are without gowns, naked to the weather.
Give me your hand.
The cold has come.
You will feel in your bones that shiver of zero, that posthumous kingdom.
The trees are like thermometers shining and visible.
No sap is seen in them.
The sap has descended into the earth.
Give me your hand.
We are like children in an old story written by Hans Andersen in the autumn.
Advocating for Fairness
Mr. Macaskill doesn't shy away from addressing the issue of fairness. He highlights the financial burdens faced by families who often have to sell all they own to ensure their loved ones receive care in a nursing home. This challenge cannot be ignored. It's a call to action for society as a whole and our policymakers to ensure that equitable access to care is not just a campaign slogan but a reality.
A Growing Older Age Population
The recent Census returns in Scotland have revealed a significant growth in the older age population. This fact, while a cause for celebration, also underscores the need for a comprehensive and compassionate approach to elder care, especially for those living with dementia.
Conclusion: Together, We Make a Difference
World Alzheimer's Day 2023 is more than just a date on the calendar. It's a day of reflection, remembrance, and recommitment to our mission. It's a day when we come together as a Meallmore family to embrace change, inspire hope, and advocate for fairness and dignity for all those living with dementia.
It's an invitation to all of us, as individuals and as a society, to reach out our hands in support of those who desperately need it.
At Meallmore, we extend our hand to you, our residents, their families, and our dedicated team members. Together, we can create a world where dementia is met with compassion, understanding, and the unwavering support that every individual deserves.
On this World Alzheimer's Day, let us remember that it's not just about raising awareness; it's about making a difference in the lives of those we care for and love.
Give us your hand, and together, we'll continue to make a positive impact on the journey of dementia.