Home is a feeling workshop
Since you are reading these words, you, someone close to you or those you care for probably suffer from dementia in some form. Researchers, conference speakers and science give us many names for the forms of dementia and causes.
It is important to know this information, however, whatever the form or cause, from the carer perspective I know what really matters in the everyday “now” is the quality of life and how to effectively communicate with empathy.
For the past 15 years I have worked with people in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease, mainly in Great Britain. They were residents of both prestigious (Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution) 24-hour nursing homes as well as clients of a private company (The Good Care Group-rated outstanding by the CQC) offering 24-hour care in patients' homes.
I would now like to share my professional experiences with you
I would like to pass on my knowledge and popularize the "Home is a feeling" method in the UK and Poland
An effective way of communicating with people living with dementia exists and I would like every dementia carer to be aware of it.
I want to pass on my knowledge based on my practice.
Specialized communication in dementia improves the quality of life not only of the affected person, but, of the whole family. I know what I am talking about, because my life has also changed since I applied a new approach to people living with Alzheimer's disease.
After many years of wandering and feeling lost, I finally arrived ‘Home’ as a person. I have learned the importance of taking care of myself and my work with people living with dementia became both my fascination and passion.
During this series of workshops, you will learn a better and more effective method of communication. You will improve your interpersonal skills in this context and learn how to better as take care of yourself and your own needs at the same time.
Each workshop has a different theme for the practical exercises.
In the first workshop I will cover :
The theory : My 15-year Journey with dementia
SPECAL theory enriched by my 9 years of personal practice
Conversation without asking questions and mirroring techniques
Dementia as a disability
How the world looks from the point of view of the sufferer and how to communicate in a positive way
Tools that will instantly improve your relationships daily
How to improve a person's wellbeing without the use of medicines, enabling the opportunity to slow down the disease's progression
We will practice :
Working in pairs we will practice conversation without asking questions-basic tool for good communication with dementia
Over the course of the 4 workshops, I will cover :
My experiences in the period when I did not know how the brain affected by Alzheimer’s works
How the breakthrough in my work and life took place
Share with you knowledge of what the world of dementia looks like from the patient's side
Explain various techniques and approaches
Explain why I use the SPECAL method when working with people living with dementia
Present exactly what my work method is and how it changes communication
There will be practical exercises with empathic listening and conversation without asking questions.
During the workshops, each participant will receive an invitation to my private Facebook group, Home Is a Feeling, where we will continue to communicate, share experiences and support each other.
Each workshop in the series will be delivered digitally via zoom, will be a maximum of 6 participants and the duration will be approximately 3 hours – subject to questions etc.
A digital workbook will be provided prior to each session to assist you and for you to follow.
I have spent hundreds of afternoons "bringing home" dementia patients, testing and utilising non-pharmacological methods .
If you want to learn how to better communicate with those affected by Dementia, I can’t wait to meet you and to share with you what I have learned.