I was recently asked to speak at the British Science Festival with my friends from Bradford University. After our session we sat and listened to another fascinating talk by Professor Jan Oyebode & Dr Ritchie. The title of the session was ‘Building bridges between care & cure research in dementia.
Here we had a scientist talking of molecular formulas
And beside him, Professor Jan, the social researcher.
They showed the need for a more holistic approach to research. But the slides that had most impact on me centred around Prof Jan’s translation of the scientists formula into social reasons.
She spoke of 2 people – Bob Jones and Mrs Flynn
Each were described by carers and loved ones as below:
Professor Jan, then showed the true meaning and reasons for their behaviour once you understand it from the persons perspective.
It simply and powerfully showed that if only carers and loved ones would try to understand the reasons for what they see as ‘challenging behaviour’, then solutions could be found to make everyones life a happier life and therefore benefitting both parties.
‘Listening is key’ and understanding the fuller picture. That’s why ‘Life Stories’ are so important in hospitals and residential care. If you understand the history, it makes sense of current behaviour and practical solutions can be found.
It’s really not rocket science…….