10 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
This year’s World Mental Health Day – which takes place on 10 October – shines a light on schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia is a diagnosis given to some people who have severely disrupted beliefs and experiences.
During an episode of schizophrenia, a person’s understanding and interpretation of the outside world is disrupted – they may:
lose touch with reality
see or hear things that are not there
hold irrational or unfounded beliefs
appear to act strangely because they are responding to these delusions and hallucinations.
An episode of schizophrenia can last for several weeks and can be very frightening. About one in 100 people will have one episode of schizophrenia, and two thirds of these will go on to have further episodes. Schizophrenia usually starts in the late teens or early 20s, but can also affect older people for the first time.
The causes are unknown but episodes of schizophrenia appear to be associated with changes in some brain chemicals. Stressful experiences and some recreational drugs can also trigger an episode in vulnerable people.
At least 26 million people are living with schizophrenia worldwide according to the World Health Organization, and many more are indirectly affected by it.
How can you make the most of World Mental Health Day?
Raise awareness of schizophrenia and support mental health by holding a Tea & Talk, our very World Mental Health Day fundraising activity.
06 Oct 2014 Leave a comment
in Charity, Deceased, Events Tags: Alzheimer's, caregiver, clients, dementia, granny cam, Granny Cams in Nursing Homes, hidden cameras, nanny cam, nursing homes, protecting elderly, residential homes, residents
Imagine that your family member is in a long-term care facility. On your weekend visits, they tell you that the nurses and aides there are taking things from them, pinching and refusing to change their diapers when they soils them. Or when they ring the bell for help there ignored or the bell is taken from there reach so there un-able to call for help, when they need it.
You mention to staff what your family member tells you, but there words put you at ease and so you just think that prehaps the staff know better after all this is their job. But the odd mark or bruise starts appearing on their arms, face, legs and now you start to have doubts and prehaps your family member is telling the truth and isn’t confused because of her age or illness.
They took care of you. Now it’s your turn to take care of them. Whether in their own home, your home or an inpatient facility, leaving your elderly loved ones in the care of another is a troubling proposition. You’re forced to put your faith in people you barely know to look after a person that means the world to you. Even If they’re capable of living alone, the elderly or those with special needs are at constant risk of falling or being injured. And if they suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, the stakes are even higher.
So would you place a Granny Cam’ with out the home knowing in your relatives room?
Proponents of the cameras, dubbed “granny cams,” say their use in nursing homes could weed out abusive employees and document incidents of substandard care, while nursing-home owners term video surveillance an invasion of privacy that could actually decrease care by making it more difficult to attract and retain good staff.
Hidden cameras allow you to feel confident when you can’t be around and to verify that those you love most are getting proper care. While many people associate hidden cameras with nanny cams used to monitor babysitters looking after children, hidden cams are equally valuable for protecting elderly parents or relatives left with a nurse or caregiver.
Hidden cameras come in multiple form factors, many of which would seem perfectly natural in a bedroom or managed care facility. For example, a hidden cam can be housed in an alarm clock, a picture frame, or an air purifier, common objects that wouldn’t arouse the suspicions of anyone looking after your elderly relative. Other simple devices, like a coat hook or an AC adapter can be placed covertly in any room and go unnoticed.
Although no law expressly prohibits the use of cameras in nursing homes, there are various practical barriers to their widespread use, including the strong opposition of the nursing-home industry.
Will the use of such cameras be a positive step in reducing the potential for elderly abuse ?
16 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory. If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending to us would have our mobile phone but wouldn’t know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency?
Hence this ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) Campaign. The concept of ‘ICE’ is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As mobile phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name ‘ICE’ ( In Case Of Emergency).
The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents there were always mobile phones with patients but they didn’t know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose.
In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as ‘ICE’.
16 Sep 2014 Leave a comment
I wanted you to witness my growth and prosperity but now that you are away
That isn’t going to be
I think of you with every single heart beat
Getting you out of my head is going to be a tough feat
I remember you every time I take a breath that’s how much I miss you, Dear dad, after your death I reflect on your memories. Every time I blink me eye this is the way it’s going to be until the day I die because the best dad in the world a year today departed to Heaven as it seems God loved him too, I wasn’t the only one
If only I had spent some more time with him I would’ve tried to satisfy myself to the brim
If only I had known of his death in advance to hug him and be by his side at least then I wouldn’t have missed a single chance. But I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to turn back time of hands on the clock.
We all take life for granted, some more than others. But we shouldn’t, as this is it, one life.
I used to believe this life is a rehearsal and we will return again in another form – but not any more
I used to believe in life after death, and when you’re at your lowest the one you lost and loved will pay you a visit – but not any more.
I no longer believe in anything. Instead tears daily blur my vision, every time I blink Dad’s on my mind.
I’ve been told I should not longer be like this, that life moves on and dad wouldn’t want me to feel so lost and upset, but i think that’s what the living say to try to snap you out of how you feel. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t walk around miserable, I appreciate life more now and I smile often. I love my job with a passion as I Care/Nurse those with advanced and progressive diseases, physical or Mental Disabilities, Stroke, Parkinson’s, Cancer, Dementia, Alzheimer’s (many in a non-traditional palliative health care setting). But when alone, my heart burns as I miss him so much.
It seems surreal that he has gone away, feels as if he’s still here it seems bizarre how life can be so fickle, his death to me is heart breaking unreal. Now I know why you always asked me to be strong, because you know that one day I would need the strength to bear your loss. Mourning was just another word in the dictionary. But after your death, it has become a way of life for me.
One day I won’t cry, that day will turn into a week or a month – but, right now this second, even though it’s been a year – I’m not ready, not yet to move on.
I knew you that cancer was going to take you way eventually. I just didn’t believe that eventually would ever come.