Heather Thompson and The Unlikely Friendship
Hello, My Name is Heather Thompson. I moved from the UK to Fethiye when I retired in March 2015. I am originally from Coventry in the UK but have been visiting Turkey for the past 22 years.3 yıl önce 4.5B
During my time here in Fethiye I have written my first book, called The Unlikely friendship and the Author and Publisher, Dean Rinaldi, who also lives in Fethiye, has published it.
My story is non fiction, and although some of the characters names have been changed, the events are a true snapshot of a relationship between me and my husband and Joe, a 91 year old soldier and his wife Molly, as we helped them negotiate the Adult Health and Social Care System, following Molly’s stay in hospital.
I began my career in Adult Social Care when I was 15 years old, working as an unpaid volunteer at the local residential home for older people. I had my first paid job in a residential Home for older people when I was 17. Altogether, my career working with older people spans 42 years. I have experience of working with this client group in different types of settings, including Day Care Centres, Residential Care Homes, Supported Housing, hospitals and the community.
Over the years I have met some real characters, some of whom I will never forget.
It has always been important to me to help older people maintain their independence with dignity and respect. Give people information and they will feel empowered to consider making informed choices. This has been my strong belief throughout my life, whether in work or in my private life.
I believe that older people have dreams, hopes and aspirations, like anyone else of a younger age. I have had plenty of evidence of this. Sadly I have also seen people try to take away that independence believing that older people have lost the ability to dream, plan and take risks.
Recording the experiences I had when working with older people was for several reasons; the most important were to protect the older person, the organisation and myself. Though a big chunk of my working shift was spent recording I often felt a sense of relief that I had offloaded or de-briefed myself. The Old Soldier, who I have written about in my first book, often asked me if I would write a book about him one day, and though I told him that I would, I never though it would materialize.
My book highlights the difficulties faced by Social Workers and other professionals when trying to help older people remain independent in a changing world and one where resources are limited. Informal care is viewed with suspicion, family members are aging and unable to offer their support and the most important person in all of this is in need of compassion, care and understanding. I hope you enjoy my story.
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