CEO, Stephen Hammersley, gets on his bike to raise funds
CEO, Stephen Hammersley, gets on his bike to raise funds

We read things and say to ourselves, ‘I wish I could do something about it…’ Well here’s one of those good chances to really help ‘do something about it.’

Everyone knows that care home funding is at an all time low. The sector is struggling. But this is the very moment when in our care homes we are introducing a new, intensely personal – relational – way of caring for people with dementia, and those without, as well.

I’m calling it the ‘Humming Bird Approach’, because part of it includes each resident (family member) having frequent, small touches from a carer; small notes of encouragement. Not just brushing by them but stopping briefly to give a little snatch of Scripture, or part of a song, or simply to say ‘how are you doing? Do you need anything?’ Interacting positively throughout the day, and putting the person before the tasks in the home.

It doesn’t come without extra people, extra training, extra cost. Our Board believes it’s the right thing to do. For over 209 years this charity has taken steps of faith like this. Quite breath-taking really.

And to help boost funds, our Chief Executive, Stephen Hammersley, and his son are to do a cycling tour of our homes in the North.  Hundreds of miles during the weeks of July.  You can help by sponsoring them. Make a donation on our website. www.pilgrimsfriend.org.uk.  Pray for them…

And tell others about it. Please.  Stephen's son

Louise Morse

Louise Morse MA (CBT) is media and external relations manager for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society. She is a writer and speaker, and author of books on issues of old age, including dementia, published by Lion Monarch and SPCK. She is a cognitive behavioural therapist, and her Masters’ dissertation examined the effects of caring for a loved one with dementia on close relatives.

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