Somerset Care and Forget Me Not Book are working together to enhance quality of life and service delivery by offering a new ‘Life History’ service, which involves creating a memory book.
The online memory book created at Forget Me Not Book allows the capture of personal, enlightening and fun stories or anecdotes which when combined with photos provides a rich insight into the life and character of a person. The content can then be printed into a beautiful book.
Jon Lale, Director of Forget Me Not Book said “We are very excited to be working with Somerset Care as they roll out the use of our website across their care homes, and look forward to working with both staff and families.
We didn’t coin the phrase ‘Person Centred Care’ but it quickly became evident that we had developed something that helped care homes deliver it. What’s been impressive about working with Somerset Care was how open minded they were and how hard they are working to integrate Forget Me Not Book into their processes.
It’s clear that Somerset Care are leaders in their field and we are confident our partnership will have a major impact on the well-being of those in care.”
If you want to create an online memory book for a loved one or even yourself visit www.forgetmenotbook.com or send them a tweet via Twitter @forgetmenotbook
Sophie Pettler has kindly offered to answer some questions about her volunteer work.
Sophie is 17 years old and is currently studying at a local sixth form for her A Levels, in her spare time she volunteers at Greenhill House in Cheddar.
How long have you volunteered at Greenhill House?
“I started volunteering in July 2011.”
Why did you chose to volunteer for Somerset Care?
“I chose to volunteer for Somerset Care primarily to develop better skills working with people of different ages and levels of health as this relates to my aspirations to become a Doctor. I continue to come weekly, not just for this reason but because I find spending time at Greenhill House enjoyable, rewarding and a worthwhile way to spend an afternoon.”
What tasks do you undertake while volunteering?
“When I first started I introduced myself and sat in the lounge chatting to the residents, occasionally playing scrabble or helping out with daily activities. More recently I have been trying to make myself more useful by helping to prepare the tea and anything else that needs doing. With time the residents started to recognise me and I am aware who may like to chat and where to find them. My confidence has increased which has helped me a lot!”
Why do you think volunteers are important to the care sector?
“Volunteers are important as an extra support to staff and carers who work incredibly hard but are often very busy. It is also important to have fresh faces for the residents; it’s nice for them to chat with someone different who can encourage them to share stories from their life.”
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
“One thing I enjoy about being a volunteer is when you know that you are appreciated by a resident. It may be that they just appreciate a short chat or you have helped them to find something or brought them a cup of tea, but it is nice to know you are there being helpful. Another thing I admire, especially as a potential medical student, is the phenomenal ages some of the residents have reached, and in such good health. Working at Greenhill House has further inspired me in my hopes to be a Doctor, showing me the difference modern medicine has made in improving people’s lives.”
Thank you to Sophie for taking the time to give everyone an insight into being a volunteer in the social care industry.