16th December 2016

A Vision for the New Year – It’s Time To Talk

A Vision for the New Year

I'm not a fan of New Year’s resolutions as, in my case and I suspect for many others, they are short lived. I prefer to look forward to the new year ahead and try to visualise how things might look for NAPA, activity provision and the care sector generally.

Many observers of the care sector are predicting a really tough time on financial grounds. The regulator has spoken out and suggested we are at a tipping point. Providers are withdrawing from unviable local authority contracts and social services are stretched to the limit.

So how can we visualise a more positive picture? I believe we can generate change for the better from the grassroots up if everyone recognises that the small contribution they make can add up to significant change, if we all work together. If we put the person we care for at the centre of all of our work - and decision-making - we can make a difference to their quality of life often at little or no cost.

It is the little things in life that matter most to many older people. Research tells us that a good conversation matters more than most things to those living in care.

At NAPA one of our key aims is for every person to have a meaningful conversation every day. We will do everything we can to support this. It would be wonderful if every care setting and sheltered housing scheme would adopt this simple aim too.

Whilst I wouldn't want to decry the challenges facing us, I do believe that we can still enhance how we care by focussing on talking too and listening to older people.

Let's make 2017 the Year of the Conversation.

*All information is correct at the time of publishing

Topics: Activity NAPA

Sylvie Silver

Activities Specialist

Sylvie is the Executive Director of NAPA responsible for all aspects of the charities work. NAPA is recognised as the ‘thought leader’ around Activity Provision and Sylvie is the key influencer in achieving this. Sylvie‘s hands on experience was gained working in a nursing home for older people and prior to that with Adults with Learning Disabilities. Since then she has worked with, and trained, hundreds of care staff from senior management to grassroots workers to raise the profile of the importance of meaningful engagement and a life full of love and laughter. Read more

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