RAISING AWARENESS OF THE CHALLENGES THE ELDERLY FACE EVERY DAY

RAISING AWARENESS OF THE CHALLENGES THE ELDERLY FACE EVERY DAY

RAISING AWARENESS OF THE CHALLENGES THE ELDERLY FACE EVERY DAY

Helping to protect and serve the people of Kent is Hilton Nursing Partners as they work with Kent Police helping new officers gain a better understanding of safeguarding and how they can interact with the elderly.

Called a Community Diversity and Inclusion Placement, Hilton Nursing hosted two police recruits during a two-day placement shadowing Hilton personal nursing assistants and assessors throughout their working day.

By shadowing Hilton Nursing Partners staff in this way, police recruits were able to build an understanding of how challenging working in social care can be, and also how Hilton’s social care provision supports those in the community with a range of conditions.

Breaking down ‘age’ barriers and building more caring communities

Recruits were able to develop a greater understanding of recognising individuals with dementia, understanding how perception shifts, and how confusion can very quickly take over in every day situations. A visit to the shops can quickly turn into an alien environment, panic can consume an individual, and emotions may start to escalate into what may be perceived as threatening behaviour.

Throughout the placement the trainees were able to build a wider understanding and appreciation of the differences within their community. By spending time with experienced health and social care professionals, the police students were able to observe a variety of different communication styles being used and the need to adapt styles according to the person and the situation.

Shaping and developing the next generation of Police Officers before they serve the communities of Kent is important to Hilton Nursing Partners who feel greater understanding and empathy within our communities is required to truly understand the challenges elderly people face on a day-to-day basis.