By Jane Verity ©dementiacareinternational.com
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**The Spark of Life Club Program was internationally recognised as part of the 2009 IAHSA Excellence in Ageing Services Award .**
The Spark of Life Club Program is an innovative and practical implementation of the latest life model of care. Whilst it fits beautifully hand-in-hand with the essence of both the Eden Alternative and Person Centred Care, it can be independently implemented and provides the beginning of a positive person-centred culture change. It is simply a gentle, practical, and celebratory approach to human relationships and communication.
Implemented as Spark of Life Clubs, with small memberships that operate on an equal level, they provide a safe haven where people with dementia can experience success in everything they say and do. This naturally boosts their self-confidence and enhances their ability to communicate. When people with dementia participate in Spark of Life Clubs, many challenging behaviours simply disappear!
As Dianne Cameron, Director of Nursing, so beautifully describes it:
‘The program has given each of our residents struggling with dementia the opportunity to release that special person inside, still alive and waiting to express and display their unique spark of life.’
Designed to meet the profound needs of people with dementia, especially those in the later stages, the Spark of Life Club Program can be successfully implemented in any residential aged care facility or adult day centre.
Independently researched as part of a Masters at Curtin University, WA , and benchmarked as best practise in Wisconsin, USA, this internationally recognised and implemented program transforms the experience of people with dementia.
For More Information
If you are not already familiar with the Spark of Life Club Program and would like to discover how to implement it or need guidance to make it happen, there are two options:
~ Book a Spark of Life Club Program presentation where Jane Verity can come to your facility and introduce the program to you and your colleagues. Contact us on email@example.com
~ Purchase the Spark of Life Club Program Educational Kit; A complete educational resource that will enable you to bring the benefits of the Spark of Life Club Program to your facility.
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- Spark of Life 2009 IAHSA Excellence in Ageing Services Award
- The Spark of Life Club Program – Extended Members article – Jane Verity (Discover how the program works, its different focuses; why craft based activities are discouraged; essential qualities of Spark of Life Facilitators; plus a 3 step rule for implementation.)
- Research – Discover the results of research on the Spark of Life Club Program.
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