WeDO Netherlands, news from the WeDO2 project
In October 2014 four LOC-employees traveled to Athens for a meeting of WeDo2. LOC Voice in Healthcare (LOC) is one of the partners engaged in the WeDo2-project on behalf of the Dutch branch.
Wellbeing and Dignity of Older People (WeDo) aims to the improvement of the quality of life for the elderly. The main reason for LOC for participating in the WeDo2-project is that the project connects very well to the LOC-vision on valuable care.
LOC´s vision is based on the fact that clients who rely on care providers need to be able to live their lives as fulfilling as possible, especially when faced with challenging circumstances or a disability. In such cases, it is the client him- or herself who decides what makes them feel well in the life they have, and to create those conditions that call for a true listening ear and a real ability to view a situation from the client’s perspective.
And that, in turn, calls for a different way of thinking about and administering care services.
LOC contributes to valuable care by representing the interests of its members and by offering a variety of services (for more information see www.loc.nl/visie).
Meeting in Athens
Sharing experiences and good examples of formal and informal care for older people in Europe is an added value for LOC. During the meeting in Athens there representatives from Austria , Belgium, England, Germany, Greece, The Netherlands and Poland. LOC gave presentations on the themes that are discussed within WeDo2 : Quality of Care, Eustacea and Elder abuse.
"We are currently developing teaching materials. LOC will include what is being done in this field in the Netherlands. We also added how to discuss the theme based on our vision on Valuable care." says Lena Hillenga. She attended on behalf of LOC the meeting, together with Henk Smets, Liesbeth Honig and José Broers.
Train the Trainer
Main pillar on the WeDO2-material is the 'train the trainercomponent . Lena: " With these materials the partners, including LOC, will have valuable tools to train people on the different subjects. So eventually there will be a network who will be able to train people on the three modules. One with a vision on how to approach quality of life of older people . One on elder abuse and one on Eustacea."
The development of the modules was launched in November 2013 during a meeting in Brussels. Brainstorming, sharing experiences and knowledge have led to a first draft. " The colleagues from Belgium, gave the modules form and content, based on the input during the meetings," says Dennis van den Brink, the coordinator of the project within LOC. " The partners have furthermore assessed the modules during a meeting in Bonn in the spring of 2014. it was tested and suggestions were made for improvement .
In the period up to the visit in Athens, the participating partners in the different countries tested the modules within their own organization. The modules were tested with various target groups such as older people, youth, professionals, volunteers and informal carers.
On behalf of LOC, Henk Smets and Jose Broers, tested the module 'quality of life of older people':`This module gives a structural focus on the quality of life of older people. During our meeting in Eindhoven the discussions went from ethical questions on clients in long term care, to the awareness and importance of working, thinking and acting out of the clients past, present and future. The participants enjoyed being able to discuss about quality of care, not based on policy documents, but in conversation and partly based on the pictures and the movies which were developed during the WeDO2-meetings in Brussels and Bonn. The participants experienced that having discussions with clients and there family and/or carers about quality of care this way, will enable people to really bring out what they feel and want.`
Demand-oriented and experiental quality of care and dignity of life are issues that continuously require attention. At the meeting in Eindhoven, the suggestion was made to possibly ad a module on Feeling welcome and heard. In one word: hospitality and to ad a module on professional care from clients point of view.
There are several developments and changes in the Dutch long term care system, and members of client councils currently are very busy in their own organisations, carehomes or homecare organizations. To them, it is important that the quality of care within their own organization meets the standards and improves where desirable and possible. And LOC will continue to support them where possible.
According to Lena on the meeting in Athens: ,`It is important to come together at European level to discuss these topics. When it comes to the basics of what is important to people, for example quality of life, there are remarkable similarities between countries . However, what is different is how you bring it into practice . Every country does has its own way, but it's worthwhile to see, talk and exchange good practices at European level. We can learn a lot from each other. "
LOC will develop, with input form the other WeDo2-partners, a succesguide for the train-the-trainer-toolkit, which can be used in the different countries. Also after the WeDO2-project finishes in summer 2015. But before that, the WeDo2-partners will come together in Warsaw, Poland in March and the final meeting will take place in England in June 2015.
For more information check www.loc.nl.