MINDFUL CARE: A model for holistic , person centered care
How can we review and improving care provided for vulnerable members of our community? New facilities? More staff? More facilities? Or ... can we review and improve care by checking in with the minds of people delivering care and checking in with those receiving care? This is what I believe – mindful care creates authenticity in care, authenticity in carers and authenticity in caring. Mindful care is an empowerment tool that builds both teamwork and quality care.
The impact of stress has long been blamed, in part anyway for sickness. Stress impacts the immune system, the nervous system and metabolic function within the individual. At long last our community is witnessing the merging of ancient and modern medicine and health. Chinese medicine, naturopathy, massage and many other traditional modes of therapy experiencing a growing popularity today. The benefits of stress management and mindfulness are often splashed across social media forums. Normal people are telling stories and sharing experiences that highlight the benefits of health and wellbeing. This stuff works.
Stress occurs when life changes. Some people are apt at managing these transitions. Some people do not manage change at all well. Some share their stress with those around, some keep it all to themselves. Working with people is stressful. Caring for people is stressful. Caring for people with disabilities, illness, differences or who are dying is stressful. Being cared for can be stressful.
Stress can steal the experiences we should be having. Stress can steal our positive interactions with others. This becomes an increasingly important consideration when carers consider the impact their presence has on clients, and the client’s presence has on staff.
Care services can build a strong platform for people to connect. Care services must develop a more positive interaction that clients have with the world in which they live. Care staff benefit from tuning into their job – their role, their goals, their passion and how this impacts the workplace and the people they are serving. People receiving care can enjoy the experience that is their life by sharing their suffering. People delivering care improve care by being be mindful.
These concepts are not new or revolutionary. Using the modern theory of mindfulness to treat the age-old problems of care for our most vulnerable population. A modern theory based on age old practices.
When we transform self, we transform our world. By transforming care workers, them we transform care workplaces. This is a first-person experience. The experience of the care staff member will change. The experience of the care receiver will change.
Check out Dr Jon KAbat-Zinn PhD
Fundamentally, Mindful Care builds reflective practice. Reflective practice builds practice and skills. In the care environment, togetherness is key. People are pack animals. Becoming mindful of one self brings an ability to connect with others - other staff, those in our care and family. Mindful Care is effectively building human conditioning. Mindful care cultivates an awareness on the moment by paying attention on purpose, to the moment. Mindful Care teaches to be present in the moment – to get a full handover, to plan, to communicate effectively and manage time, to enjoy the job that affirms the care we deliver.
We live in a world where information is ever present but attention is often a scarce commodity. Mindful Care builds an awareness of self. Mindful Care builds awareness of how you impact others. This is reflective practice.
By building connection through practices such as Mindful Care, staff experience less stress. Less stress improves productivity. Less stress reduces staff turnover. Mindful Care builds collegiality. A productive, person centred workplaces where staff work together to direct care ticks all the boxes. It helps people build the resilience care givers and care receivers need to cope with those times when things don’t go to plan.
Staff need to engage in Mindful Care that leads to self-reflection. When care givers are engaged in being mindful we build an awareness of self that teaches us to understand how we impact others – staff and people you are working with. Mindful Care teaches care givers and care receivers to be in the moment, get all information required to plan and implement care, enjoy the job and deliver informed holistic care
BAM Community is delivering Mindful Care – Providing quality care to vulnerable people half day workshops. These workshops are interactive and informative.
Contact BAM Community at email@example.com to book your spot.
DATES and locations of workshops for November
PORT MACQUARIE November 23, 2017
1/6 Belah Road, Port Macquarie Time: 1300hr – 1630 hrs
COFFS HARBOUR November 27, 2017
Innovation Centre at CHEC, 363 Hogbin Dr, Coffs Harbour Time 0900-1230 hrs
GRAFTON November 28, 2017
CHS Training Bent St, South Grafton Time: 1300-1630 hrs