Once we hear the phrase ‘Montessori’ we have a tendency to consider nursery colleges and early years settings concerned within the care of kids. However there’s a rising physique of proof and understanding that the advantages of Montessori methodology might be felt far past this age vary.
“Most of us hear Montessori and robotically image kids or early years settings, however Montessori methodology isn’t only for younger folks,” mentioned Jennifer Brush, Montessori Dementia Professional and Training for Dementia Programme Director at St Nicholas Montessori School in Dún Laoghaire.
“It’s a philosophy that, at its core, permits for a way of individuality and pleasure throughout the particular person.”
If you take a look at the advantages of a Montessori method, it quickly turns into clear that there’s completely no motive why that ethos ought to finish in childhood.
“Older adults and youngsters alike can utilise these attributes and flourish of their lives,” mentioned Brush. “Montessori is predicated on the rules of free selection and purposeful exercise. In a Montessori group for elders, people with a variety of skills work each individually and collaboratively on an array of actions from which they’re free to decide on, discover and uncover.”
It’s this faculty of thought and appreciation for the hitherto unexplored advantages of Montessori training in an elder care setting, that has knowledgeable the creation of the brand new programme that Brush is director of at St Nicholas Montessori School.
The brand new Montessori Training for Dementia Programme: Stage 6 Particular Objective Award in Montessori Training for Dementia has constructed on the school’s distinctive experience, developed over 50 years, to create and ship one of many world’s solely programmes specializing in the massive advantages of utilising the rules of Montessori training in elder care settings.
It’s a revolutionary and thrilling addition to the prevailing portfolio of programs and programmes already supplied at St Nicholas Montessori School, however one which reveals an acute appreciation for a growing subject of experience and space of want.
“Though Dr [Maria] Montessori didn’t design environments for older adults, researchers, clinicians and designers have contributed to a big physique of proof that has resulted in ageing and dementia care pointers,” defined Brush.
“This new programme combines Dr Montessori’s philosophy of studying and residing with person-centred ageing and dementia care greatest practices. The Montessori Training for Dementia programme respects the older particular person and allows them to proceed to make a contribution to the group in no matter manner potential.
“It additionally encourages caregivers to make observations in an effort to study concerning the particular person, encourages independence in a specifically ready surroundings, supplies significant engagement for older adults and reminds us that studying and engagement can happen anyplace and at any age. It truly is a life-changing method to dementia care.”
Brush’s dedication to redesigning dementia care has taken her around the globe, consulting on healthcare coverage, delivering talks to boardrooms and advising households in Australia, South America, America and throughout Europe.
She beforehand labored as a speech language pathologist, earlier than embarking on a profession that has now been going for practically 30 years, revolutionising dementia care after deciding that there was a necessity, and alternative, to vary and enhance the care of aged folks.
In that point she has develop into an award-winning writer, writing quite a few analysis articles and books on dementia together with the definitive information – Montessori for Elder and Dementia Care – and develop into an inaugural member of the Affiliation Montessori Internationale (AMI) Advisory Board for Montessori for Dementia and Ageing.
At present, Brush is the one AMI Licensed Coach for Montessori for Dementia and Ageing in Eire and one in all solely two AMI Licensed Coach of Trainers on the planet.
Final 12 months, she started her thrilling new endeavour as Programme Director of Montessori Training for Dementia at St Nicholas Montessori School providing what she describes as “a very progressive blended-learning alternative for in-depth research of Montessori for Dementia that’s like no different programme on the planet”.
In addition to the brand new six-month programme, St Nicholas Montessori School additionally affords an thrilling sequence of introductory workshops on Montessori Training for Dementia that may enchantment to a broad vary of individuals fascinated about studying extra concerning the topic.
The three-day lengthy on-line programme affords an interesting perception into the important thing points of the rules of Montessori and their utility and advantages in elders and people with dementia.
Simply a number of the workshop schedule highlights embrace: Individual-Centred Care, what it entails and the worth of roles; Why Montessori; Making use of Montessori Strategies to the Care Setting; Understanding Dementia and Reminiscence; and Greatest Practices for Dementia Care.
The following workshop occasions will happen on April 15, 16 and 17 and there are not any entry necessities to attend the net workshop which prices €250 and might be utilized for on the St Nicholas Montessori School web site (https://smsi.ie/dementia/) the place there may be additionally extra info on the total workshop schedule.
It’s a novel alternative to study extra about an thrilling new space of care or as a launching pad into the six-month programme.
“The stand-alone introductory workshop is right for teams of colleagues who search perception into this subject,” Brush mentioned. “The six-month on-line blended course is right for carers, exercise professionals, social employees, nursing house administrators and leaders within the subject of ageing and Montessori.”
Within the three years that Brush has been operating the workshops, suggestions from the initiative has been extraordinarily optimistic, with care-givers enthusiastic and inspired by the helpful and essential info in addition to the thought of making a care follow that locations the wants of the person with dementia central to its method.
Brush is passionate in her pursuit of enhancing dementia care and excited to have the ability to open up the alternatives offered by Montessori to these engaged within the subject of elder care in Eire and educate a brand new technology in the advantages.
“In a Montessori group, elders have freedom to maneuver throughout the group, and to interact in family roles and tasks, guided as wanted by educated employees who’ve accomplished not less than two days of training with an AMI Coach,” she mentioned.
“The main focus is on the wellbeing of the entire particular person, together with bodily, religious, social, psychological and emotional wants. Communities supply events for brand spanking new studying, spiritual practices, meditation, artwork, music, train and so forth. As well as, there are alternatives for interplay with kids, pals, household and teams exterior the care group.
“As dementia care suppliers, we have to keep in mind that older adults nonetheless need to be heard, simply as we do,” Brush mentioned. “Sustaining a concentrate on bringing again our consideration to the folks we’re serving and enriching their lives with the care we offer is our precedence.”