The Compassionate Community is a resource pack offering a positive, inspiring and spirit-raising new vision for care homes.
Frameworks 4 Change’s definition of compassion:
‘Where kindness meets suffering and we are encouraged to flourish.’
Andy Bradley, Frameworks 4 Change.
This manual is designed to shift the mentality of those who work in care and nursing homes in order to emphasise a more compassionate way of caring for both the residents of the home and the staff who work there. This involves first learning to develop a sense of self-compassion, and then allowing this to permeate to all aspects of the home.
Part of the training contained is designed for managers, to alter their approach to their work and their teams, to make them more compassionate ‘bosses’, more self-compassionate and more able to build a lasting culture of care that will remain when they have moved into a different role elsewhere.
The second part of the training is designed to be run with staff members, to enhance their compassion and the quality of the care they provide.
It is therefore both a ‘self-help’ manual in one sense, and a training guide for staff development.
The Compassionate Community is for registered care home managers, providers of residential care, dementia care specialists, and those supporting the care of people with learning disabilities.
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 02 October 2014
Foreword: Why am I writing about the Compassionate Community?
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Research and evidence
Chapter 3: Leading with compassion
Section 1: I am taking care of myself
Section 2: I am centred and calm
Section 3: I am building valuable relationships
Section 4: I am hosting inspiring meetings and noticing the growth of trust and co-operation
Chapter 4: The Compassionate Community toolkit
Section 1: Thinking meetings
Section 2: Setting up your core compassion team
Section 3: Staff training: The Compassion Journey
Section 4: Compassionate coaching
Chapter 5: The flourishing community; DVD.
The DVD contains a series of videos of the exercises for the staff training, which will act as a guide to the manager or person running the training, and some footage taken in a home that is very much a ‘compassionate community’ to demonstrate what is possible if the training is successful, and to provide a benchmark of that all homes should be striving for.
Watch the introduction to the DVD, presented by Francis Briers.