Wow… writing block… I always thought that was a crock… Once again, I’ve been proven wrong.
Last year at this point I was writing everyday – the thoughts, words, and descriptions were rising up out of me like lava from a volcano. I couldn’t type fast enough, and then… nothing, nada, rien.
Well I had run out of savings so I began looking for a position in my field and was hired on a 3-month contract basis. I accepted the contract position then prior to ending my contract; I was offered a position at a long-term care facility on a permanent basis. I tried my best to conform to the rules and regulations of the home I was employed at, but to no avail. My philosophy for recreation with seniors, specifically those suffering from any form of dementia was to allow them to ‘live out their remaining days’ using the Eden alternative mission and values – http://www.edenalt.org/about-the-eden-alternative/mission-vision-values/.
How difficult can it be for homes to pursue the following principles?
- The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among our Elders. Common sense, right?
- An Elder-centered community commits to creating a Human Habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with plants, animals, and children. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living.
- Loving companionship is the antidote to loneliness. Elders deserve easy access to human and animal companionship.
- An Elder-centered community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness.
- An Elder-centered community imbues daily life with variety and spontaneity by creating an environment in which unexpected and unpredictable interactions and happenings can take place. This is the antidote to boredom.
- Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things that we find meaningful is essential to human health.
- Medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master.
- An Elder-centered community honours its Elders by de-emphasizing top-down, bureaucratic authority, seeking instead to place the maximum possible decision-making authority into the hands of the Elders or into the hands of those closest to them.
- Creating an Elder-centered community is a never-ending process. Human growth must never be separated from human life.Wise leadership is the lifeblood of any struggle against the three plagues. For it, there can be no substitute.
Imagine Seniors that would continue to be engaged and captivating. As humankind, we would not have a throwaway society once people become less then perfect.
Ahhhh… that perfect world:
What’s a little writing block?