Our aim is to ‘make a difference’ and we are well underway to achieving our goal but there is still so much more to do.
Inspired by Anne Reed, who has a passion to change the face of care. Anne initially set up Paladin Life, a bespoke domiciliary care agency who achieved its aim to deliver ‘quality’ care to individuals in their own homes. Paladin Life was a flexible and innovative service that responded to the client’s needs. A service which respected and valued its staff as ‘professional carers’ and empowered them to be advocates for their vulnerable clients.
Against a back drop of high profile media cases of poor care, an environment of Local Authority cut backs and a culture of acceptance, Paladin Life was tenacious to break the mould, to develop and deliver a different approach. It made significant in roads into breaking down the barriers and inspiring those with whom we had contact, thereby championing care and going the extra mile.
A significant amount of our clients suffered with dementia. We supported many clients together with their families enabling them to remain in their own homes for as long as it is safe and feasible to do so. But what happens next?
For our clients who received 1:1 care in the comfort and familiarity of their own home but whose dementia progressed to such an extent that they are no longer able to continue to do so, the next steps were likely to be into residential care. This can prove traumatic and extremely frightening. Whilst there are many examples of good care currently in the market place, we believe there is another way.
Through National and International research, we have identified a model of care which can provide an alternative approach.
In order to create the environment and facilitate a seamless transition of care for these individuals, we need to raise funds to make it happen. However, raising ‘funds’ in itself is not enough. We believe we need to raise the ‘profile of care’ so that people can understand what it means, what it looks like and what it feels like.
At iMind we believe ‘good care’ looks and feels like this….
“Inspired moments within an innovative care environment which promotes and sustains normality and ensures dignity and compassion for every person.”
In raising the profile and approach to ‘good care’, we wish to offer an ‘iMin’, denoting ‘I’m in’ which will represent people’s commitment to making these changes. Changes that will affect not only the individuals suffering with dementia but also their immediate loved ones and friends and thereafter, the wider community.
In empowering individuals to both recognise and acknowledge not only the need for ‘good care’ but for care which is innovative, flexible and timely – we will achieve our dream of transforming the landscape and culture of care for those who so desperately need to ‘feel’ and experience such care, in particular during the end stages of their degenerative disease process.
In order to achieve our dream we need everyone to mind about dementia care.