Spark of Life Philosophy is a way of being with the highest intent to lift the spirit, awaken dormant abilities and heal relationships. The focus is on How to connect, How to communicate and How to care. The aim is to foster kindness, compassion, empathy, respect and an attitude of unconditional love.
The philosophy is about redefining what it means to have dementia, opening up new possibilities for improvement. It is also about revitalising the culture of care, enriching the quality of life for people with dementia and giving joy and renewed energy to carers.
Watch the Spark of Life Philosophy in action as implemented by trained facilitators.
The philosophy operates as a profound empowerment program, which elicits the best in people who may have been given up on by society. It is now successfully implemented in many diverse cultures and is also being embraced in fields such as palliative care, mental health, intellectual disability, education and in aged and dementia design.
The Spark of Life Philosophy is implemented as the internationally awarded Spark of Life Culture Enrichment Program. This program is facilitated by a certified, registered Spark of Life Master Practitioner who has undertaken the Spark of Life International Master Course.
Originally developed in the field of Dementia Care and internationally awarded by IAHSA that represents 30 countries this philosophy is now spreading throughout 5 continents. Elders from indigenous cultures around the world have also embraced the philosophy to support their native people with dementia and their families.
The widespread implementation of the Spark of Life Philosophy highlights its universal application within diverse cultures and shows how in essence, as human beings, we all have the same needs.
Watch an interview with Hilary Lee, President of Spark of Life by Dr Jenny Brockis on the TV show: ‘The Couch’ where Hilary explains the Spark of Life Philosophy.
Hilary Lee on the Thorough Development of Spark of Life
‘The last 18 years of my life have been dedicated to the research and development of this beautiful philosophy in a thorough and honest way.
It has been a step-by-step process. First, the seven year independent, self-funded study, which included a four year Master’s Degree purely focusing on the Spark of Life Club Program under the guidance of a world renowned qualitative researcher, Dr. Angelica Orb. At the time, Dr. Orb led the qualitative research department at the Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.
After the research phase, I joined with Dementia Care International (then Dementia Care Australia) to partner in developing the Spark of Life Philosophy & Whole System. This process involved drawing on the research findings as well as continuous practice-based research working with practitioners in the field to fine-tune every aspect of the Whole System.
This exceptional philosophy and Whole System is state of the art in Dementia Care where those who implement ( Spark of Life Master Practitioners) are exceptional people and the organisations taking it on are committed to providing an exceptional level of emotional care.
The culmination of this work means that Dementia Care International we have now set new and measurable international standards of emotional care, which are laid out in the thorough guidelines for Spark of Life Implementation, Evaluation and Continuous Improvement provided to the Master Practitioners.’
~Hilary Lee, Director & President – Dementia Care International
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