‘I felt like a caged animal.’
This damning indictment by Dame Dorothy Tutin of her treatment in hospital at the age of 70 propelled her daughter, Amanda Waring, into a crusade to ensure that all older people in care are treated with kindness, compassion and dignity. Amanda is now a widely respected filmmaker, public speaker and teacher specialising in dignified care of the elderly. The Heart of Care distils her experiences, covering such topics as:
- the transition from home or hospital to care home
- creating person-centred, compassionate care homes
- coping with dementia
- creativity and activity in care
- honouring and celebrating our elders
- maintaining spiritual and emotional care.
The Heart of Care encourages all carers to look into themselves and question their attitudes, prejudices and behaviour. Combining anecdote, reminiscence, practical advice and role-model exercises that really work, Amanda Waring gently motivates and educates us all to be better carers. Acknowledging that the path can be hard, she includes tips and advice to keep carers engaged and motivated when the going gets tough.
As our population rapidly ages and more and more people find themselves researching options for care of the elderly, and as lurid and disturbing stories about substandard care hit the headlines on a daily basis, we all need to look closely at these issues. Essential reading for all who care for an elderly person, whether stranger or loved one, The Heart of Care promotes respect for the dignity and intrinsic worth of others, regardless of age or disability.
Caring from the heart is not a luxury but a necessity.
Amanda Waring is a presenter for Aged Care TV, an advisor on the government’s Dignity board and her campaigning film What Do You See? has been shown around the world. Visit her website to learn more about her dignity campaigning and view her training videos.
Read Amanda Waring’s article on compassionate elder care in the Daily Mail: Vivacious, witty, Dorothy Tutin was one of our greatest actresses…
“Ways that could transform how we deliver care… promote better elder and end-of-life care.”
“A timely reminder of the notion and importance of care in its most fundamental and basic terms, that of dignity, trust and compassion… Amanda Waring’s heartfelt enthusiasm… is certainly inspiring.”
‘Journal of Community Care’
“A practical, supportive little book that would be of use to anyone caring for older people… its common-sense approach is refreshing.”
“The author communicates her care and commitment in simple language… She communicates her message with clarity and passion… Her book will be helpful and stimulating in any care home.”
“Amanda’s authenticity and passion for her subject shines throughout the book, which is full of inspirational quotes and tips to help carers… A ‘must-have’ book for staff, managers and owners of services supporting older people.”
“Amanda … (is) one of the UK’s key campaigners on the need to restore dignity to our care of the elderly… A long-awaited and much-needed… reference tool for all carers everywhere.”
‘West Sussex Gazette’