Growing old is something that happens to us all. As we age, things change: some things for the better, some for the worse. Many of us will retain our mental ability long after our bodies grow weak and tired. Some of us will experience a dementia while our bodies remain fit and strong.
For some, ageing can be a gentle, slow process. For others, illness and disability can play a part. For many of us, staying at home becomes difficult, putting a strain on everyone involved and creating feelings of vulnerability, powerlessness and anxiety.
We often stay at home long past the point at which it’s practical or desirable, simply because the alternatives feel so depressing. Some of us have no choice but to go to a care home. But it’s not always a good experience. This often leaves family members feeling guilty and sad, with no real way of knowing how to stay in the lives of those they love.
All of Us has been established to deliver care that’s based around feelings and experiences. We have developed a model that places emphasis on people’s emotional needs as well as their physical ones, providing a personalised approach to care in an environment that feels like home.
We are working with Dr David Sheard, a pioneer in dementia care. As founder of Dementia Care Matters, David has conducted extensive research in the field to build up a dementia care philosophy that focuses on the feelings and lived experiences of people with a dementia. While David’s research is based in dementia, his emotions-based approach applies to all aspects of care. This approach has a proven track record in increasing the health and happiness of those living with a dementia in homes and hospitals across the UK.