Penny Moon writes
about the A Quiet Moment programme:
As time marches
inevitably on for us all so I have entered what is commonly defined as the
third age. Thoughts of the future as it shortens turns the energies to thinking
about how best to manage the potential issues that may crop up.
How to face the end
gracefully, painlessly occupies me in many conversations with peers. Thoughts
of decreased independence wander along together with all the other usual
concerns about family etc. etc. I chose to develop this programme as I did with
my school’s programmes in a timely manner with my personal situation, ideas to
share with carers who have a difficult enough job which can be stressful.
Simple skills and techniques which aren’t too onerous and help both the giver
as well as the receiver.
I remember as a child
suffering (which actually means ‘allowing’) convent boarding school and being
told by the nuns to think of death before sleeping. This went down well with an
over imaginative 9-year-old missing her family and whose friends’ sister age 14
had recently died of a brain haemorrhage in the next dormitory……However as
an adult I am very interested in matters of life and death, spirituality and
the soul, the general why’s and wherefore’s’ of life so will finally give
delayed obedience to that nun!
A Quiet Moment works to reduce
anxiety, stress for those involved in:
- Daily living support
- Loneliness and isolation
- Personal care services
- Respite care
- Hospital discharge support
- Learning disabilities support
- Live in support
- Day and evening service
- Holidays arranged and supported
The programme was designed to add
value and support carers working individually across all ages with people who
are experiencing times of vulnerability. The initial bespoke training package
is unique to the needs of Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton, providing ongoing
support for the staff who undertook the training. The staff were provided with
a comprehensive introduction, over several sessions, to a variety of relaxation
techniques including mindfulness, breathing techniques, bio-feedback (using
HeartMath hardware and software) and hand massage. After 11 months an
evaluation showed the project to have been a great success and not only did all
the different types of older people worked with benefit from the relaxation
techniques, but the greatest benefit was experienced by older people in a
nursing home who had severe functional mental illness.
Additionally, staff who used the
techniques benefited – feeling more relaxed and in control than before.