Mindful practice for those caring for vulnerable people is not rocket science – it is essential to quality care and an engaged workforce.
There is a lot of information and research on mindfulness. Research has been undertaken on the positive benefits of exercising mindfully, eating mindfully, breathing mindfully. Check out https://www.prevention.com/health/exactly-how-mindfulness-helps-your-mind-and-your-body-and-how-to-do-it
The practice of mindfulness benefits the care recipient and the care provider. Andrea Brandt, PhD discusses the impact of mindfulness on ageing. She believes that by practicing mindfulness, a person not only becomes fully aware and accepting of challenges implicit with the ageing process, but also learns to embrace the opportunities and blessings associated with the ‘longevity bonus’ enabling a sense of purpose and relevance. This leads to a sense of control over one’s life.
If you are interested in Andrea Brandt’s book Mindful Aging: Embracing your life after 50 to find fulfilment, purpose and joy … find on it Amazon here:
Emily Nauman, a researcher from Boston University. She views people, family and communities as the producers of health and health care; as opposed to merely being clients or consumers. She believes that enabling people in mindfulness programs creates empowered families and carers who are less stressed and more resilient. Empowering carers, families, people and communities in mindfulness practices as partners, assists to co-create optimal health interventions. This is a good article to read https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/can_mindfulness_helps_caregivers_care_for_themselves
The Care recipient needs to be the care partner. The person providing the care service, that is the professional or volunteer care partner plays an important and essential role in care delivery. Care partners should both inform care practices. Informed care practice develops from an informed care platform and parternship. This can only occur when the care recipient is truly the centre of care and informed to direct care. Does the care recipient in Australia have the power to direct their care mindfully? Does the care provide have the mindful skills to deliver quality person centred care? Do care partners share the power within the therapeutic relationship? Is the care relationship built on trust, information sharing and resilience?
Wisdom of years and experience has taught me the benefits of mindful practice. I have learnt the hard way that what I bring to the therapeutic relation impacts the quality of care I am able to deliver. Much like life, my mood and the way I choose to view life impacts the way other people respond. I have learnt that I am unable to control other people but I am in charge of the thoughts I choose to have and the response I have to those in my life.
In the care relationship, I am mindfully aware that I have the balance of power, as I can leave. I am also mindfully aware that I am an imperfect being who can embrace empathy but have not experienced another imperfect being’s mood or experiences. I only have my own. Hence mindfulness has taught me that what I choose to bring emotionally to the therapeutic relationship in the care environment impacts the quality of care that I am able to achieve. As a care giver, my job is to serve the care receiver. I serve from a place of respect for myself and for the care receiver. I serve from a place of resilience knowing that what I do is just as important as how I do it.
Mindful care creates a healthful space to age and grow. Mindful care develops connectedness for care givers and care receivers. Mindful care engages partnerships. Mindful care is an informed, needs based model of care. Mindful care is the care model for the future of our society, valuing independence and individuality. Mindful care benefits care givers and care receivers.
BAM Community is delivering Mindful Care – Providing quality care to vulnerable people half day workshops. These workshops are interactive and informative. WE travel too - so contact us to arrange a workshop.
Contact BAM Community at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot.
DATES and locations of workshops for NovemberPORT 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