Journeys and butterflies – what really matters?
By SHEENA WYLLIE, director of dementia services, Barchester Healthcare
_’The most important things in life, aren’t things’_
A quick scan of one source of all the information that surrounds us will back up the sentiment Anthony D’Angelo quoted above. While the object of most people’s desire would seemingly be to acquire ‘things’, it is clear that emotions and feelings are central to our very being. So much of life is about the feelings created by the experience of living, both good and bad. Feelings can create love and positivism, but they can also be the cause of much destruction and war. While the specifics of events in our lives may become blurred, the feelings associated with them will remain with us throughout our lives.
Does a person experiencing a dementia and living in a care home give much credence to how many stars the home has been awarded by the Care and Quality Commission, or how much the owner has spent on educating the staff? Do they think about the design of the building, or how their care plan was written? How an individual feels about living i