Age Action West
The Drop in Information & Resource Centre in Galway city is open Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm. It provides information on Benefits, Entitlements, and access to other services for older people and those who work for and with them. The Centre is also used for training purposes (Irish classes, reminiscence training, IT classes) and operates as a meeting space for older people and the groups working with them.
BURNING BRIGHT - CELEBRATING THE ARTS IN RESIDENTIAL CARE
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IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN RESIDENTIAL CARE
This two hour training was designed to familiarise participants with the differences between the old custodial model of care and the new therapeutic culture of care. It explores ways to promote privacy and respect for residents, to maintain their identity, their rights and freedom as well as opportunities for involvement.
TRAINING IN NURSING HOME ACTIVATION
Age Action West provides a 2-hour workshop on using 1-1 and group activities with residents including those who have dementia. Learn how music, exercise, reminiscing and other simple failure-free activities can improve the health and well-being of residents.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT IN THE DEVELOPMENTS OF RESIDENT COUNCILS
Age Action West offers a two hour training in the development of Resident Councils for community nursing units in the West of Ireland, together with follow-up support.
The main aim of the resident council is to improve the quality of life within the residential homes and give the residents a means of empowering themselves to advocate for improved services within them. Many residents are not content to give up control over their lives when they enter a long stay setting. Therefore, they want an active role in life and the chance to influence decisions that affect them. A resident’s council can give people that chance.
Benefits of Effective Resident Councils:
Improves communication within the care setting. The residents’ council helps to identify problems early, which makes it easier for residents, staff and management to do something about them in a timely fashion.
Helps individuals to speak out about issues that may be bothering them and help overcome their fear of retaliation. When people are dependent on others for their needs, there is fear that they may make others so angry that care will be withheld. Resident councils lessen the fear, because speaking up, as a group is often easier than as an individual.
Improves the atmosphere of the settings where they are active. The staff appreciate having residents share in some of the responsibilities in terms of planning activities and events.
Promotes friendship amongst residents as they have an opportunity to get to know each other better.