Dementia Carer Voices would like to start by thanking Angela Quigley, Senior Lecturer at The University West of Scotland Hamilton Campus for inviting Tommy back to speak to 2nd year Nursing and Mental Health students.
Tommy spoke last year to students and you can read the pledges from last years talk here
Tommy was joined by Cath Cooney, House of Care programme manager from the ALLIANCE. The House of Care represents a tangible and proven approach that allows healthcare to embrace Care and Support Planning and fulfil its responsibilities to support the self-management of people living with multiple long term conditions. This approach supports and enables people to articulate their own needs and decide on their own priorities, through a process of joint decision making, goal setting and action planning. More info can be found here
Tommy and Cath were joined by Kerry Ritchie, Network Development Officer for the ALLIANCE. To find out more about the ALLIANCE membership, what they can offer and the benefits go to the website here
As always at UWS we are inspired by the passion to make a difference from the students and lecturers and for our continued working together every year.
You can read all the wonderful pledges below.
I pledge to be patient and take the time to listen to the patient and carer.
I pledge to listen to the people and their stories to help people feel safe and important
I pledge to treat and communicate with patients as a person not as on illness. Everyone deserves respect and dignity in all aspects of care.
I pledge to continue showing love warmth and compassion, to always offer help and to make my mum and dad proud.
I pledge to be the best nurse I can be, and make very patient feel comfortable in my care.
I pledge to do what matters to them full fill their needs with happiness
I pledge to ensure that I and others around me are encouraged to demonstrate compassion and kindness towards individuals experiencing dementia
I pledge to stay true to myself allowing me to wholeheartedly help others.
I pledge to treat people with respect, love and compassion.
My pledge is to listen to those living with dementia and their carers to focus on the little things as well to make their day a little easier.
My pledge is to listen to stories and understand the people in my care to give them my time at all times.
My pledge is to go the extra step whilst providing care to see the big picture, seeing the little thing as well as the big things.
My pledge is to always listen to my patients stories, getting to know them and their loved ones.
My pledge is to be that nurse that friendly, compassionate, helpful and knowledgeable nurse that makes a difference and is remembered for all the night reason.
My pledge is to continue to be caring, compassionate and listen to patient. Always five the best possible care I can give
My pledge is to listen and give the best care I can give to my patient by getting to know them what matters most to them?
My pledge is to educate and empower people regarding all aspects of health and health promotion, as well as human diversity
My pledge is to try my hardest to make time to get to know people and their families. Stop seeing dementia and see the person.
My pledge is to try my best to listen to patients as well as carers need and carer for these needs
My pledge is to treat my patients as an individual ensuring they feel valued, respected and have confidence in my ability to make a difference to their lives. Also care for my patient the way I would want my loved ones to be cared for.
My pledge is to always listen to cares and my patients, so I can learn from their experiences
My pledge is to always care and see the person as a person not a diagnosis.
I pledge to listen and advocate for people, do everything I possibly can to share kindness and compassion to everyone
I pledge to really listen to people and do what matters most to them,
My pledge is always ash!
My pledge is never to take for granted how much of an impact and influence I can have on someone lives, not only as a nurse bur a human being.
My pledge is to continue to show care and compassion to all I may have the pleasure of meeting on my nursing journey
My pledge is to prepare and teach myself to accept the road ahead and to have a better understanding and confidence in coming face to face with dementia.
My pledge is to provide patients, families and carers with the best support and care that they deserve and to continue developing my skills and knowledge to do so
My pledge is not to matter how busy I become that I take the time to talk to and listen and learn about who the patient is and who their family is
My pledge is to always listen, treat the person and not their illness.
My pledge is to show kindness, love, compassion, trust, patience, understanding and listen to those I come in contact with and put a smile on their face.
My pledge is to treat everyone as I would like me loved ones to be treated and to try my hardest to bring a little sunshine to someone’s dark days.
My pledge is to never target people are more than their condition. They have lived and loved.
My pledge is to never stop caring
My pledge is to improve the quality of life of my patients by trying to meet their needs as much as I can. To listen to them and respect them, see them
My pledge is to listen to my patients and understand their needs and life stories.
My pledge is to be the nurse that continues to do more thant required and care more than I should
My pledge is to always listen and take time to talk to my patients and their family
My pledge is to never be too busy to listen
My pledge is to always listen, to keep learning and caring and always treat the person with dignity and respect.
My pledge is to always see beyond the illness and learn about the individual.
My pledge is to see beyond an illness and treat service users as individuals by providing dignified, respectful and holistic care
My pledge is to listen to my patients, really listen. Also find out what they want from the care I give them. I also pledge to inform others of what I have learnt from Tommy and his campaign and continue to be lend to my patients
My pledge is to learn about my patients an listen to their stories, wants and needs, to see every one as unique and care for their needs with a kind heart.
My pledge is to have unconditional positive regard to all individual, and their careers, families I meet and promise to never let their love stories end.
My pledge is to always keep up to date with all new research and knowledge to be able to help people every day and make their lives better
My pledge is to always learn about each person and always respects them
My pledge is to offer a hand when people stumble on their life journey
My pledge is to continue to see the person, not the illness, listen understand and support people in their journey, make them smile and respect them as an individual and always remember why I have chosen this carer, the people!
My pledge is to take the time to get to know what matters to each individual I care for and their family. I will strive to do the best thing for my patients and be the best nurse I can be
My pledge is to be the happy face that will show your kindness on your hardest days
My pledge is to commit myself 100% to caring for others today, tomorrow and the next day, and to spread the word to others about keeping love stories going.
My pledge is always see the person not the condition and show compassion to patients, carers, relatives and friends.
My pledge is to treat every one of my patients with respect and help them feel valued and cared for by nothing the little things count , and to also help their carers.
My pledge is to be there for my patients and their carers, not just physically or medically but emotionally. To hold their hand when they are scared.
My pledge is to make a difference in the work, not the whole world but hopefully the person I care for ( their world)
My pledge to take time to listen and understand what matters do my patients and their carers. Treat with dignity, respect , love and compassion.
My pledge is to always see people, not a task, to seek out their stones and all that matters to them, to be the kindness, hope and light that need on their journey
My pledge is to get to know people’s stories and care for them as the person they are and not as a condition
My pledge is to take you by the hand and lead you safely to tomorrow
My pledge is to know everyone I care for, by their name and not their illness and always be kind and caring and make someone smile
I pledge to get to know the individuals to let them enjoy and keep experiencing what they love to do.
I pledge to always take the time to listen, support and get to know my patients. People deserve to be known by their name and not their illness
My pledge is to always introduce myself to whoever I work with. To always listen and try to make each day better than the last one.
I pledge to take time to get to know the person behind the illness
My pledge is always have patience and always love, care and support patients and their families.
My pledge is to always look past dementia and remember my patient was not always like this, to talk, to listen, to comfort them always when they need it .
My pledge is to treat everyone as a unique individual, to see the person in front of me and not the illness.
My pledge is to always see the person first and not the illness and always to treat every patient as an individual maintaining dignity and respect at all times
My pledge is to always see the person not the disease and be kind as that is who I am
Ma pledge is to carer for people as individuals learning of their past and catering their needs appropriately, efficiently, getting to know the patient more than the illness.
My pledge is to have patience and get to know the person behind the illness
I pledge always treat everyone who crosses my path with the dignity and respect they deserve and challenge power imbalances
My pledge is to always make time for who needs it, listen and be a shoulder in time of need. I also pledge to keep my promises.
My pledge is to hold my patients hand when in need and to treat each and every patient as I would have my mother and father or grandparents treated.
I pledge to spend time reminding people how important they are, when they feel like they are nothing, or when they feel lost.
I pledge to encourage and promote who matters to you when assisting with vulnerable people care.
I pledge t always listen tentatively and be a comforting voice when anyone is feeling lost, lonely or scared, never forget too wrapped up in my own life, struggle that I fail to notice someone in need.
I pledge to endeavour to assist people to have more good days than bad, by listening, by showing empathy and by acting to affect change wherever possible.
My pledge to remember that everyone has a story and needs a helping hand respect everyone individually and always be kind.
I pledge to always see the person not the condition.
I pledge to treat patients with dementia with patience, dignity and respect. Remember the life they have lived
My pledge is to always give patients and their care given my time, care and love.
My pledge is to listen and never say … that is the person with dementia, find out more about people.
My pledge is to treat everyone as if they were my mum or dad.
I pledge to always care for the person and their carers, and not the illness. To treat people with the dignity and respect that I would want for myself and my family member
I pledge to learn more about what matters to my patients and listen to what is important for their needs.
Claire Anne Adams.
I pledge to will be to provide care and compassion throughout my nursing career, I promise to commit myself to caring for others, listen to what they have to say and always show interest in helping them to live a fulfilled encouraging life. I promise to make a difference with kindness and empathy
I pledge to be the best nurse I can be and always go out my way to make sure people receive the best care
I pledge to always listen to the patients I will care for and take their feelings into account at all times.
I pledge to always listen and find out our patients stories and be the best nurse I can be
I pledge to always make the time and effort to get to know my patient and their family and carers to fully understand what is important to them to allow normality person centred care.
I pledge to take the time to see people as people first and not as a condition. I should not ….. anyone as a condition or disease
I pledge to take the time to learn people’s story and to see them as people. I will treat the person not the illness
I pledge to see people for who they are and not their medical condition, I will take tie to listen to my patients to have a better understanding of what they want and what is important to them
I pledge to treat people with the care and compassion they dwserve an to treat people with the up most respect and dignity. I want to be the best nurse I cant be.
My pledge is to continue spreading the love and holding hands to make a difference in people lives for the better.
My pledge is to always try to look past the illness and get to know the person and their likes and dislikes. Care for the person to the best of my ability.
I pledge is to treat everyone as an individual with a unique past with parson memories and special morals and value. I will always respect these
My pledge is to keep listening keep learning and keep caring and make difference in the life of people that I care or come across
My pledge is to not consider someone as challenging find out more information about the person
My pledge is to support people with dementia and their carers to walk besides them and be part of the journey.
I pledge to approach people living with dementia with patience and kindness to involve and be considerate of families also.
I pledge to ask what their daily routine would usually be and try to mirror this to keep daily life as normal as possible.
My pledge is to always take time to listen to people and have solutions to their concerns
I pledge to ensure that I make every patient in my care feel safe, no matter how vulnerable they are
I pledge to always show respect for others and understand that we all have a life story and have the right to be heard. So I will take the time to listen.
I pledge to always uphold and respect a person’s dignity.
I pledge is to never refer to someone with the illness they have and to care for those people how I would like my loved ones to be cared for.
I pledge to listen without making judgement and give the best are to the best of my ability.
I pledge to always remember the person not the diagnosis
I pledge to focus on people and their carers, not their illness
I pledge to be the best possible nurse I can be and to look beyond the person diagnosis I will do this by following the 5 “must do with me” Areas. I pledge to look at what/who matters to everyone I work with J I will help love stories continue.
I pledge to be the best nurse I can be, to treat everyone as an individual to always listen to the person, try and make a difference.
I pledge to place a smile on someone’s face even for a short time!
I pledge to have a positive and happy impact on the lives of the vulnerable and their families.
I pledge to only care for my patients but also their families
I pledge to always have time to listen and be patient
I pledge to take time to care for people without influence, stigma or labels from others, to remember relationships and smile/kind word matters
I pledge to listen to care show compassion and always be the best nurse I can be to see the person not the illness, to make a difference
I pledge to treat everyone how a family member would like to be treated through chat and simple gestures ( cup of tea, big smile, read a book, sing a song ) remember the person not their condition. To make the person feel important and valued+ that their life matters
I pledge to listen take time to find out what matters + who matters to them, I pledge to be there to hold a hand and show compassion.
I pledge to always listen and take time with the patients and people I am working with, and to look beyond the condition and see the person.
I pledge to be there for someone when they need care, love and hope.
I pledge to see the person and not the illness always putting person centred care ate the front line of my priorities.
My pledge is to make a different by caring with respect and compassion and finding out what matters to those in my care
My pledge is to always take time to listen my patients and get to know them. Also to hold their hand when they need comfort
My pledge is to help people in my care to feel less lonely and use my skills and knowledge to help them through their journey showing love and compassion with such empathy that they will never forget the time I have spent with them
Magdala Jean Pierre
I pledge to always take the time to listen to my patients and to ask what matter to them not what’s the matter with