Last week was a very busy week for us. Tommy was invited to give talks at the NHS Fife – Older People`s Collaborative, NHS Durham and Darlington and Shrewsbury – End of Life Conference.
There are many people to thank, many inspiring people met and pledges made along the way.
NHS Fife will be producing a pledge tree with pledges from the day and as part of the Shrewsbury – End of Life Care Conference they had a wall for delegates to add pledges.
NHS Shrewsbury Pledge wall
A few thanks to all we met week and to Karen Goudie, NHS Fife, Julie Clennel and Susanne Vickers from NHS Durham and Darlington and Jules Lewis NHS Shrewsbury & Telfiord who invited us along.
Below you can view the inspiring pledges and a few at the end where sent to us via Twitter and email. You too can send us your pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks, Team Dementia Carer Voices 🙂
I pledge I will keep visiting Eileen Warren on a Monday afternoon for tea and cake. She is my Granny and she has dementia and she is very special to me – Bee Anthony
My mum has Alzheimer’s. My pledge is to always make decisions with her and not about her, and to do all I can to make her life as good as it can be – Jane Blondel
My pledge is to offer kindness and an ear to listen – Sandra Walker
I pledge to work harder at helping colleagues to listen to patients and carers and understand the individual stories – Andrew Finlayson
I pledge to spend time to hear about people’s love stories and ways to keep them alive even when there is suffering with dementia – Gavin Downes
I pledge to see the person behind the dementia – Mandy Grant
I would like to be the one who can make the people with dementia and heir carers feel no longer hopeless, helpless, isolated, despired and who can make their lives better.
I pledge to remember to care for my patients, exactly how grandad should have been cared for – Claire Wood
I pledge to listen to the carer and put yourself in their shoes to try to help or even listen – Sarah Louise
I pledge to always remember why I nurse, to always care and to have the courage to challenge others – Laura Scott
I pledge to continue to care for patients as I do already “Treat them I would want to be treated or like I would care for a family member”.
I pledge to care for everyone as if they were my family – Victoria Hancock
I will always seek to understand, listen show kindness whenever I encounter an opportunity to do so at work and out of work for individuals suffering with dementia and their carers – Sharon Morgan
I pledge to listen and offer support and advice wherever I can – Paula Chapman
I pledge to continue to support my patients, their cares and family, seeking knowledge, support and respecting their wishes and love. Needs with kindness and empathy.
I pledge to ensure I give the time to listen and hear people’s stories and wishes when I meet them – Debra Mellor
I pledge to remember Tommy Whitelaw in every situation I find myself in and listen – Clare Regan
I pledge to acknowledge and listen to individual circumstances and take on board their situation, feelings and thoughts. To work together – Joanne Bone
I pledge to really listen and see behind what is being said by cares and patients.
I will not pass the book or allow others to do so I will remind others and myself to listen and acknowledge their situations and help how I can – Linda Warriner
I pledge to always ask if people are coping and find out more about where to signpost people for help – Sue Jackson
I pledge to treat people how I would like to be treated and go the extra mile to help that person – Joanne Hayes
I pledge to always ask the carer/family how they are coping and deal with the response as required ASAP.
I pledge to raise dementia kindness and care in all my teams and to maintain my own kindness and care (Dementia Trees) – Paula Turner
I pledge not to be impatient when someone just needs my time – Wendy Quinn
I pledge to always be kind and recognise the person under the condition – Claire Hay
I pledge to acknowledge the power within listening and taking the time to listen to a person’s story – Adrienne Darrah
I pledge to listen to every individual love story – Rachel Woolcock
I pledge to remember that “the standard we walk past is the standard that we accept” as a future mantra in practice and staff training – Kirsten Miller
I pledge to always listen (actively) and work with them – Wendy Lyons
I pledge to be at the end of a phone whenever I am needed to listen and not to be judgemental – Norma McDonald-Blue
I pledge to always remember the person you were/are – Sue McGuire
I pledge to make time to listen and help whenever it is needed – R.Smurthwaite
I pledge to ensure my dad`s voice is heard. My mum supported and guided to care – Angela McDonald
I pledge to give people time. I will listen with respect and dignity to ensure the “little things” are met. I want to make a difference and be part of the story. I pledge to provide safe and compassionate care – Rebecca Wright
I pledge to understand the “little things” which count to people – Rachel Hurst
My pledge is to continue caring for my mother-in-law and hopefully provide her say into care – Helena Wilson
I pledge to continue to be kind, caring and happy with everyone I meet at work and out of work – Hilary Earl
I pledge to acknowledge the carers and recognise that each day can be different from the last and the next – Gill Smith
I pledge never to describe anyone as challenging and refer to them by name not condition – Hazel Watson
I pledge to take more time to listen to patients and carers.
I pledge to listen and smile despite of and to hold your/their hands when and if they need me.
I pledge that Tommy Whitelaw keeps up his fantastic work. You`ve broke my heart today with your story – Andrea Hawkins
I pledge to always go that extra mile to meet patients and carers needs whatever they may be – Elizabeth
I pledge to hold your hand in time of need. To comfort you when you need comforting. To show you my love and dedication to you and your family – Nicola Fearnley
I pledge to be patient, kind and considerate to patients and carers. To take time to get to know them individually.
I pledge to attempt to make time to listen, care and support or just to hold a hand of patient or cares or both. To make a small difference in the bigger jigsaw – Jackie Payne
I pledge to provide care and support to the standard I sort for my mum who has dementia diagnosis at the age of 52years, passing away at the age of 60. I know how good it felt when it was good but how much it hurt when it was bad – Debbie Snooke
My pledge is too try my upmost to ensure I see past this horrible disease called dementia that behind this diagnosis there is someone’s mother, father, loved one who needs our understanding and a family who need our support. To be that nurse that makes the difference – Carol Friery
My pledge will start this week with me writing a ‘you can make a difference’ piece in our weekly newsletter which is distributed to all our 200+ members – Nicky Jacques
‘We will always see the person and not the condition’ – The Patient Experience Team including Chaplaincy and Patient Relations at Blackpool Teaching Hospital
I pledge, as a son of someone with dementia, and as a doctor for people with dementia to be kind, caring and patient https://t.co/3TY4vIxXSI
— Jonathon Tomlinson (@mellojonny) November 9, 2015