I realized that nothing really mattered more to elders than my company – so I had to address my need to be ‘busy’ instead of just being with them: and this is how I became a knitter!
I’d sit knitting opposite an elder but also arrange a few chairs around us. ‘My’ elder would be asked to hold the ball of wool and feed it to me as needed. The thread was a surprisingly tangible connection between us. Slowly the chairs around us would be filled by other elders and we’d chat, about everything and anything.
It is all about the connection and giving the residents a role (feeding me wool) and not just knitting sitting next to them.
I can still only knit a ‘thingamybob’, but it does not matter – I’m constantly sharing the message about addressing loneliness, helplessness and boredom – and the ‘thingamybob’ is a good way to start.
The Eden Alternative philosophy was a life changer for me personally.
Story teller: Jacqueline Sinclair, Certified Eden Associate (November 2012)
I worked as a: Family Liaison and person centered care person in a Dementia unit
Date shared: February 2019