‘One Voice’ at US convention
ANDREW LARPENT reports on the American Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (AAHSA) Convention, held in Philadelphia in October.
In the UK may of us who are engaged in the provision of social care services for older people spend time seeking to keep abreast of developments by attending some of the many events, conferences and exhibitions that constitute the shop window of the sector. How often though, do we lift our sights over the horizon to listen to, learn from and share ideas with colleagues from other parts of the world who are facing similar challenges, serving similar communities and developing new, different solutions to our own?
The answer has to be ‘not enough’. Sharing of business and service models across international borders is something we should do more often as we have much to gain and much to offer through interaction with colleagues engaged in similar activity across the world. This is something that the National Care Forum (NCF) is trying to address. Earlier this year the NCF conducted its first tour for members of care services in Belgium, Holland and Germany. Previous international opportunities have taken u