Pocket Ideas, what is it?
So if a person with dementia or carer wanted to know what to expect when being introduced to “pocket ideas” what would I say?
‘Pocket Ideas’ is a portable pocket sized book filled with prepared activities and inspirational quotes to help stimulate conversation. These conversations can take place whilst working with a patient in the ward, as the book is very portable, or in a group situation.
It’s an opportunity for us all to remember to see the person who has had many life experiences, skills and knowledge. It helps to build therapeutic relationships, reduce distress, reinforce the benefits of meaningful activity and person centred care. It’s a tool that anyone can use and anywhere, reminding us that every moment we have to offer older people in meaningful experiences is valuable, and essential in our professional practice. Enjoy the experience using it and the opportunity to reminisce, remember and even talk about new topics.
I would also tell them that this initiative won an award last year, in the category of “Best Acute Initiative” of Scotlands Dementia Awards 2014.
5 Top Tips using ‘Pocket Ideas’
- Only takes 5 minutes to have a moment in time with an individual, and it reinforces the importance of meaningful activity.
- Simple prepared activities and inspirational pictures to stimulate a conversation.
- Encourages positive therapeutic relationships and reinforces the importance of humanity, compassion, person centred care and being actively engaged.
- Portable pocket sized tool and can be used anywhere by anyone.
- Enjoy using it, as a moment in time can bring back a memory, reduce stress, provide comfort and make you smile.
5 things you need to know when designing a resource like this
- Understand what the problem is and creative ways to address it.
- Importance of engaging relevant staff members to support project ideas.
- Establish a working group to talk about ideas, set achievable goals and support each other to realise a possibility and make a difference.
- Create a prototype using creative ideas.
- Develop a means to measure the benefits of using the prototype and then pilot the project idea in the relevant area.
My top recommendation to make something happen, surround yourself with a great team.
Our team picture includes; left to right Jean Knox, (Technical instructor), Gillian Agnew (Occupational therapists), me in the middle, Elaine Tizzard (Technical instructor) and Darrell Line (Technical instructor).
I would welcome any reflections on my blog post
I would also like to leave you with a question to consider and reflect on
How can we ensure, if you are living with dementia and require to go into an acute care setting that every contact with a health care professional is person centred and we ask you “what is important to you”
Occupational Therapist, NHS Ayrshire and Arran
I am currently on secondment and leading up the project ‘Pocket Ideas…for a moment in time’. I have been an Occupational Therapist for many years, but this is such an exciting opportunity to continue with the development of our person centred tool with the support of my ‘Activity Team’.