‘The care industry must work as a collective and not in silos to avoid the vulnerable falling victim to physical, financial and emotional negligence’, according to speakers at a recent event hosted by Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams.
The all-day conference, ‘Pragmatic Solutions to Care Problems’, brought together delegates from all corners of the care industry to engage in discussion surrounding what ‘good care’ looks like and how collective action can be taken to improve quality of life for those in need.
John Moore from the award-winning Home Instead Senior Care group kicked off proceedings with an impassioned presentation on why keeping joy at the heart of the organisation’s ‘companionship-centred’ care makes all the difference to his clients and their families.
Dr Alyson Norman, lecturer at Plymouth University, bravely detailed the difficulties faced by her brother throughout his life, cementing the point that the prioritisation of mental capacity and safeguarding for those who are vulnerable is fatally critical.
Lynne Coombes of Security Bonds Limited talked delegates through security bonds for attorneys and appointees as a financial safeguarding tool, while Adam Michallat-Cox, managing director at Wiltshire Farm Foods Bristol educated attendees on what good nutrition really looks like for older adults.
The keynote speaker, Dr Jane Townson, CEO of United Kingdom Homecare Association, addressed the issue of safeguarding in social care, with a focus on how to achieve parity between health and social care.
Employment solicitor at Gregg Latchams Cecily Donoghue covered the complex topic of safeguarding your employment rights as a carer and gave advice for employers on how they can help their staff.
Alizoun Dickinson from Living Well Dying Well, the company which pioneered the training of End of Life Doulas, talked about the importance of carers protecting their own wellbeing, while Ian Evans from Society of Later Life Advisers described how good care needs good financial advice and Darren Bane from Empica spoke on safeguarding your reputation.
Attendees also heard introductory remarks from Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Jos Clark, who, having completed a master’s degree in social work, has decided to focus on points of ‘life transition’ during her year in post.
Cllr Jos Clark said: “I was thrilled to attend such an engaging event where attendees were able to share knowledge, insight and ideas on the current care system.
“I feel passionately that we should be empowered to discuss issues surrounding end of life care – something which can be a taboo even amongst friends and family.”
Event organiser was Gregg Latchams’ Head of Long Term and Elderly Care Heledd Wyn, who is a founding member of the Pragmatic Practioners, a voluntary association of individuals who are all professionally qualified to offer assistance to people at difficult times in their lives.
Commenting on the event, Heledd said: “This event provided a unique opportunity for delegates to hear from and ask questions to a broad range of specialists, all of whom have a shared goal in aspiring to a more cohesive approach to care.
“The conversation doesn’t stop here – I urge those involved in the care of others to work together to improve the current system to benefit the vulnerable people who sit at the heart of these decisions.”