Active participation in a Nursing Home – How ? Активное участие в доме престарелых - как? Helky Koskela, Licentiate of Social Sciences, лиценциат в области социальной работыUniversity of Jyväskylä/ Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, Finland
My competence to this Issue моя квалификация• 14,5 years work in Elderly • Photo: Antero Huhtala, Finland care; Nursing Home, • (The photo is shown in the Conference) Home Service, Support for informal care and in a project.• I´m also researching Institutional care.• I belong to “third age” myself !• My parents have been suffering dementia.
Some bad News from Finland? Некоторые плохие новости из Финляндии? The Youtube link is shown in the Conference• Rather wealthy country, • Admiring youth and the but we are struggling effectiveness… with many social problems:• Unemployment, Alcohol, sexual Abuse, Marginalization of youth, Shut downs in Social Services…
• Residential care for the • (The photo is shown in elderly has been the Conference) reduced but Home services have not been replaced. Some have left “abandoned” home or in an institution.• However, I am now telling about the good care. It still exists in many Nursing Homes.
Majority of older people is a huge resource, not a burden Esko 79 years old, here is his summerjob…• (The photo is shown in the Conference)
Senior people are helping younger people in many ways…• (The photo is shown in • (The photo is shown in the Conference) the Conference)
Frail Elderly – how can they participate to research ? Photo: Aaro Koskela• They often have difficulties • (The photo is shown in to talk, hear, see or remember. the Conference)• They can have pains and the situation can vary a lot even during one meeting.• Many of them are not used to say their Opinions.• So, their thoughts must be studied in new ways; e.g. Board games, Photo elicitation, Observation.
Elderly can really participate in Nursing Home, when: Photo: Studio Aaro, Aaro Koskela• (The photo is shown in • Visitors can come and the Conference) go, such as in the home. • There is chance to be outside and in the city • They have enough helping Hands. • Their wishes and needs are taken seriously. • The Atmosphere is free.
Dementic people participating• Viewing and Tracking: sitting and watching Body language and participation: the clap and stomp excited Speech and Sound: speaking to nurse and other The expression of emotions: laughing heartily, look at each other and clap Unresponsive / passivity: sitting straight-faced, looking around Active withdrawal: moving the wheelchair away. (Vuorinen 2012, Masters thesis work)
Participating – Key to Well being• “A long and healthy life and well-being is linked to social life. Minimal interaction is more harmful than smoking and obesity.”• ”Минимальное взаимодействие является более вредным, чем курение и ожирение” (Markku T. Hyyppä)• (A animation is shown in the Confrenece)
• ”Although I could get all the Knowledge and all the Mysteries – I would be nothing more than a Jingle, if I could´t feel the love”.• Photo: Antero Huhtala, Finland (The photo is shown in the Conference)
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