My blog for THIS time

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

Living well with dementia

Living well with dementia can mean so many different things to different people.

My biggest passion is educating and supporting those who do not understand the process of dementia. Those who see it as a terminal illness with no hope of joy or life in the years to come, or  those who make fun of the process and progress of dementia.

It may be our way of coping, but these two things isolate not only the person living with dementia, but often more so the supportive person in the relationship.

A diagnosis of dementia can be extremely distressing and the current medical view of a pessimistic future disheartening.

I believe improvement is possible. Looking beyond the diagnosis to the person and consider fulfilling the individual needs of people with dementia is paramount to social and emotional wellbeing and therefore improvement of the person living with dementia.

It is important to know that stages and symptoms are not definite prognoses for everyone with a dementia diagnosis. Each person will be affected in his or her own unique way, which is also dependent on the life they have lead and the type or cause of their dementia.

For inspirational and practical ways to be able to work with a person with dementia and also to be able to have the power and knowledge to support the loved ones, I would love you to look up the Dementia Care Australia Website, and join their free newsletter.

After joining and seeing a different perspective from the truly heart centred practical advice and tips, many of my clients and their families have seen improvements not only in their loved ones wellbeing, but also improvements in how they react and relate to changes from symptoms relating to dementia.
All I can say here is please try it -it is something truly positive in the often dreary world that people like to see dementia as. I can guarantee it will lift your spirit.

I am also very happy to provide short insights on any issues that you may be having on your journey, or work in a longer term commitment with you for the best outcomes for all involved with the person living with dementia, and most importantly, the person living with dementia themselves. With love, Bianca