Fairfield Care was awarded £19,650 for the period of August 2018 to July 2019.
The Life Changes Trust invested a total of £135,000 to ensure that the rights of people living with dementia in care homes are recognised and respected. Care homes across Scotland received funding to demonstrate how they support the inclusion and participation of residents with dementia in a meaningful way, so that residents have a genuine say in their own day to day lives.
Each of the funded projects is designed to show how the Scottish Government’s Health and Social Care Standards will work in practice, demonstrating how to treat residents with real respect and dignity and uphold their human rights.
Run by Fairfield Care, the aim of this project was to enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia in care homes and to develop Fairfield staff to close the gap between their existing knowledge, behaviours and feelings in relation to human rights and what the new Health and Social Care Standards expect to achieve.
Specifically, work was undertaken in Fairfield’s Links View (Burntisland), Auchtermairnie (Leven) and Balquhidder (Alexandria) care homes. Each care home developed a practical understanding of the practices that enable human rights to be realised for people living with dementia in care homes.
The project used the Learning and Innovating from Everyday Excellence (LIFE) approach which originated in the My Home Life programme for care homes. The LIFE approach uses appreciative inquiry and caring conversations to work with people living with dementia, relatives, managers and staff of care homes and the wider community of which the care home is a part, to explore more deeply what matters and what is valued. The work was also underpinned by the ‘Senses Framework’ for improving care for older people through promoting positive relationships, a sense of security, belonging, purpose and significance.
Fairfield Care has produced a report entitled 'Putting the human into Human Rights - Learning and Innovating from Everyday Excellence'. It looks at how a LIFE session works, making human rights an every day reality, and contains some useful tools and resources.