CAREGivers at HISC East Hampshire and Midhurst recently participated in our first ever Frailty Training Session with new technology 3D simulation goggles to gain highly valuable insight and experience of the world through the eyes and ears of a frail and elderly person. The images walk you through rooms and situations illustrating the impact of restrictions of poor sight and reduced hearing and create scenarios in order to experience the environment as an older person might. ‘Frailty’ has a variety of meanings and applications. Research has identified how this varies amongst three key groups: people who specialise in older people’s healthcare; healthcare professionals without expertise in older people’s care and older people themselves. Amongst the older people’s specialists, the term ‘frailty’ is used to describe a spectrum of physical and mental health states and is used to assess risk and help to put together a care plan for an individual. In contrast, non-specialist health-care professionals with less experience of caring for the elderly are thought to be more likely to use the term as shorthand for older people with a complex level of care needs or who are in late old age. Of significance is the evidence which suggests that the term does not resonate favourably with older people, and it is not something that they identify with. This has led some in the healthcare provision sector to raise concerns that this may manifest itself in fewer older people accessing the health and social care that they in fact do need. If this is the case, this has important implications to the approaches we take to care for older people.
Ongoing training for CAREGivers is a necessary and valuable part of our role in providing empathetic and sensitive care to our clients.
If you would like to make a difference to the lives of people in your area by becoming a CAREGiver then please do contact us. At Home Instead we match our CareGivers to our clients. Shared interests allow for strong bonds of friendship and trust to increase the benefits of the relationship built up between our clients and their CareGiver.