• All in the family 29 May 2018 | View comments

  • 29th May 2018 | By David Jolley

    This weekend has been made special by a visit from our daughter and son in law with their young son, our grandson. His presence and play amongst our household furnishing, around the garden and into the park, have brought joy and new life and memories to familiar places.

    A member of our Dementia Conversations group brought to my attention a recent programme from the BBC which had reported on activities at a Walthamstow care home. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-43006631/theHell-children-keeping-their-local-care-home-young-and-fun

    The essence being that the Home opens its doors to everyone in the family and so becomes like an extension of the family home – multiple families finding togetherness under a safe roof. What a contrast with the image of Homes as a place where older people are locked away – out of sight and missing all the warmth and give and take which happens in families.

    This same weekend we were hearing of a family fretting because their tiny grandchild, born early and living in another country, is in hospital where even his parents have been severely rationed in how much time they can spend with him.

    The insights and lessons from the work of Bowlby and others are taken for granted here when thinking of children. Those observations are relevant in all places and for all generations. It may not be rocket science but it works

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