Piotr’s Blog – Opinions and Awareness
No Place for Abuse
I was utterly appalled at the abuse exposed by the BBC Panorama programme earlier this month. Anne Cooper, our Director of Operations, gave a statement pledging our support to ‘The Challenging Behaviour Foundation’ who are calling on the Government to provide a system that ensures the safety of people in care. Abuse cannot be allowed to continue.
Gold Standard Framework
There has been some great work to report this month at Outlook Care. One of our supported living services for people with learning disabilities based in Shoeburyness in Essex has recently been awarded a gold standard, as part of the Gold Standard Framework (GSF), for end of life care. This is a tremendous achievement!
During Mental Health Awareness Week some of our services held events and talked about activities that improve their mental health. Waterside Lodge, our recovery centre in Leytonstone, held a beach party to coincide with this year’s theme of ‘body image’ and Rosie who lives at one of our services in Essex shared how gardening improves her mental wellbeing.
Another Rosie, who lives at one of supported living services for people with learning disabilities, has been supported by Outlook Care for many years. She lives with epilepsy and we shared Rosie’s story during this month’s National Epilepsy Week.
We also celebrated Dementia Action Week at Foxburrow Grange, in Colchester, by holding our second Cooking With Dementia session. It was great to see so many residents and families together.
Raising awareness on different issues is very important to reduce stigma, to educate and to remind people of what they can do to think and act differently resulting in a better life for everyone.
All the very best.