Being cared for, or caring for someone, in a care home, nursing home, hospital or at home? Most of our charts are available for purchase as single items.See the full range here…
Are you a carer / supporter or someone being cared for or supported?
We are interested in finding ways to help people communicate when verbal communication and memory are impaired, and are looking to understand the needs of people being cared for or supported, and those who care for or support them, in their own home.
The information and comments you provide will ensure that the solutions we offer are relevant and practical, and have the potential to improve people’s quality of life.
Please complete the following survey, and bring it to the attention of others you believe might like to help.Home Care Survey
As soon as you need to employ the services of people who don’t know you well, and communicating your needs is a challenge, it is important to be able to let them know what matters to you quickly and easily, so they can spend more time attending to you and not poring over the paperwork. A number of our Care Charts meet this need, and we are also in the process of undertaking research to see what more could be done to help people being cared for at home (please consider completing our survey above).
In a Care Home
If you, or someone you care for, is moving in to a care home you need to establish how they ensure that every member of staff is made aware of their residents’ needs and preferences. Of course, the regular staff will get to know them, but weekend, agency or bank staff may well have to care for your loved one with minimal information. And even regular staff need to be kept up to date. The care plan is not an appropriate tool for this. Managers frequently admit that staff rarely have time to read the care plan, whereas a wall chart presents the information exactly where the staff need it, on the wall in a resident’s bedroom. It takes a matter of seconds to discover how to avoid traumatic mistakes as well as providing vital information to initiate conversations and build relationships.
We believe the charts work best if adopted by the organisation for everyone being cared for, and they become part of daily life for everyone: all staff, those being cared for and their families. So if you purchase a chart and the organisation subsequently chooses to place an order for their other residents or patients, we shall be delighted to reimburse you for your original chart.
“An acute hospital visit is like a meat grinder for people with dementia – it chews them up and spits them out” says June Andrews in her book Dementia, The One-Stop Guide. Perhaps this is a slightly harsh generalisation but it is increasingly understood that people with dementia or other cognitive impairment should get out of hospital as quickly as possible to avoid long term debilitating effects.
One of the most effective ways to achieve this is to ensure that everyone interacting with the individual knows what matters to them, their likes and dislikes, needs and preferences. One of our Pocket Charts can help. Our Twist-N-View Charts have been proven in trials to reduce the average length of stay, so why not recommend them to the hospital if they do not have something already in place to ensure this information is instantly available.