_ Hestia care at Home have had their launch party to introduce their alternative approach to Home Care.
On the 13th June I was joined by a lovely group of people from the local community at Leatside Surgery to celebrate the launch of Hestia care at Home. It was a fun and lively event with lots of enthusiastic discussion and debate. It was also a chance to say thank you to the many people who have helped to get us up and running. The room was full of bunting and wild flowers and the mood was helped with tea from vintage tea cups and scones with jam and thick clotted cream. There was also strawberries and fizz to toast the launch, and I must confess I may have got a little tearful saying all my thank you's!
But there was also a serious note to the day. The current financial crisis is always in our minds and the cuts to the care system are highlighted to me on a regular basis when talking to people who receive services. Many are being asked where they think they could reduce the amount of care they get, and understandably they are worried about the consequences. These cuts have recently been warned as dangerous by the British Red Cross. We want to show that by being a Community Interest Company we can re-think how money is spent and invested in Home Care. To us it is a win win win situation with all parties benefiting.
Also discussed was the importance of remembering dignity and care at all times when delivering care. Celia Atherton from the Abundant Life Project at Dartington also at the launch. She highlighted the importance of recognising dignity, respect and choice for older people, something the Abundant Life Project also feel very strongly about. She said: “This is a subject very close to my heart. We share a desire to create a community that values dignity and respect. It is a shame that these values aren’t taken as read, but as it is, it is important we keep talking about them. We must see people for being people and recognise the fact that none of us feel any different as we get older. When a professional goes in to help someone, it is as a human being too. Hestia is a fantastic example of showing us how to do things better. It is infused with warmth, care and planning and I wish it every success.”
So, here´s to our success - cheers
Claire Burton has worked with older people for many years. Her background is in Occupational Therapy. She has now set up a Holistic Home Care Community Interest Company, to deliver care to older people in and around Totnes in Devon.