We now have a secure government with a majority that means it can get things done. We can be the lever that tips it in the right direction – each one of us adding a weight that eventually moves it. We can end the social care crisis.
Tips for a happy, safe Christmas with an elderly relative
We don’t often get to see miracles, but Emma, the manager of our Bethany Home in Plymouth saw one unfold over time, thanks to a
Elderly bodies can not process powerful pills, and many older people are having to cope with the negative side effects of drugs that are too
Tomorrow is World Alzheimer Awareness Day on the 21st, and it begs the question – where are we today, 118 years after Lois Alzheimer’s first
God has a purpose for each purpose, right to the end of their lives.
Yesterday, Dr Jennifer Bute and I were interviewed for a Podcast that’s broadcast from America. (I’ll post the broadcast date when I have it.)This is a Podcast with a difference. It’s based on how stories influence the way people understand various issues in life – in this case, dementia. For instance, do we communicate well with people with dementia, by telling them a story? (It depends on the person and the stage of their dementia.) But we communicate with their care givers and families with stories very well – particularly true stories.
This may look like just a shattered mobile phone. But it’s more than that. It’s an allegory! It’s the phone that 19 year old Luke put together for me months before the accident that killed him last December. He sat at the kitchen table working on it patiently asking questions like, ‘do you want Messenger on the front screen?’ and showing me how it worked. ‘Switch on the security screen before you put it in your bag,’ he sighed when I asked why the icons moved all over the place when I put it in my bag. After his death I particularly treasured that phone.
If you watched the interviews on TV with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt you will have seen their responses to the question about funding social care. Jeremy Hunt said straight away that he would do it, and that he would merge the NHS and social care.
There’s an interesting item in Premier’s digital newsletter this morning about a study that looked at what happens in the workplace when we treat staff either as ‘resources’ or beings made in God’s image. (See ref below). The report titled ‘Human resources – recognising the personhood of workers in the charity and public sectors’, was supported by the Leech Fellowship Committee and Baptist and Anglican churches.
The Government will make an announcement about social care funding at the earliest opportunity, a minister said in reply to MP Nick Thomas-Symonds’ question. What would he say to the two sisters caring for their dying father who were struggling with a disjointed system where they had to fight for the simplest of things? In despair they wrote a letter to The Times. And how do we, as Christians, respond? The Bible is clear that this is what we ought to do.
We don’t want to find ourselves being euthanized because doctors have taken a subjective view of our quality of life, which is what happened in Belgium and was reported earlier in this blog. Or have a 75 year old woman with dementia being euthanized against her will.