Isn't twitter great? Until a couple of weeks ago I hadn't heard of the pink sock tribe.
I saw the hashtag #pinksocks on twitter and made contact with @MuziekGelk who is none other than Ignar Rip from the Netherlands.
In this video you can watch Ignar explaining about pink socks! Needless to say I am now a proud owner of a pair and Alfie is wearing them with pride!
Ignar has a website in which he talks about his experience of caring for his mother who developed dementia http://www.alzheimerhappiness.com/aboutme/
As he explains its:
Not theoretical story but practice-oriented handles based on my own care experiences.
At the care of my mother with alzheimer’s me and my father noticed that with music all care actions runs better and more cozy.
We created playlists for in the morning, evening and for in the night. We used shower and walking music and had a Cabaret playlist “The Care Oriented Playlist” were born.
Trial and Error is base for personalized dementia care as every person is unique, no care situation is the same. You have to find out for yourself what works or not works in your unique care situation.
This means: Setting the person central in healthcare!
Worldwide Pinksocks are the symbol of this.
Because when we put the person central, we create a healthcare were everybody is happy with: Workers, patients, residents and the family. Ok let’s start with personalized care oriented playlist.
Music is so important for many people living with dementia, and on the website you can find numerous examples of using music to enhance the care and life of people with dementia. It really is well worth exploring at http://www.alzheimerhappiness.com/Thank you Ignar for the amazing socks and the book 'Gratitude' by Oliver Sacks which I am just about to start reading