My blogs are a little bit sporadic, and mostly just musings, but today I feel I need to share some news regarding upcoming changes to the way our health information is managed and distributed.
But first, let me muse a little :)……As with every person these days, time seems to run away from us – hence my heading… but do we really need to worry about anything else, except for this time, right now?
When supporting people living with dementia; mostly, the answer is no, we do not need to worry about any other moment except for this one right now… unless specifically asking about planning, and how to organise the day or moment to make the most out of a confusing world, please just concentrate on right now, and enjoy it, make it make sense and keep it real.
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And now the important stuff!…..
My Health Record – Online Health Information for all
By the end of 2018, a My Health Record will be created for every Australian, unless they choose not to have one.
As more people and their healthcare providers use the My Health Record system, Australia’s national health system will become better connected. This will result in faster and more efficient care for you and your family.
For more information, here is a link.
This will be fantastic for people living with dementia as in an emergency situation, often stress takes even simple memories away, such as a long time address or the name of a loved one who supports, or even their own name. All information that is important can be listed in this one accessible record that is available by emergency services. What a blessing.
If you don’t want a My Health Record, you will be able to opt out of having one created for you during a three-month period in 2018.
I have many ideas of how to keep yourself or your loved ones safe and how to make the best outcomes of time in hospital (not a pleasant time for anyone, let alone for one living with dementia!) Let me know what your thoughts and questions are around this and I will formulate my next blog around safety
LoveFest a hit! Big thank you Perth!
Thanks to all those involved in LoveFest Perth. It was a wonderful success, and many of us are still feeling the joy of such a supportive and inclusive event. There is a resource booklet available on request for all living with and supporting those living with dementia, just contact me and I will send it to you.
In closing, as winter is coming fast to us, please be mindful of keeping warm and nourished, not only physically, but spiritually as well. Winter is a time of isolation for many due to inclement weather, and keeping busy inside is often a challenge! For the Spark of Life Core Spiritual Need of feeling needed and useful, my favourite pastime in this area is to ask for help peeling vegetables for soup or stews and then using a slow cooker to make the dish, enabling interaction with stirring and tasting as the day goes on – it’s amazing how satisfying this is to many! And even if too many vegetables are peeled – it is a very cheap “activity” that occupies for a good length of time.
Stay warm and safe until the next time, with much love, Bianca