Alzheimer’s WA’s view is that rather than responding to the symptoms of dementia, focus on increasing the wellbeing of individuals. The Domains of Wellbeing pyramid below(as defined by Eden Alternative) reflects the key principles of any person-centred model and applies not only to client support but ideally will be implemented throughout the whole organisation in order to sustain culture/attitudinal change.
Domains of wellbeing for clients
Identity is defined as being well-known, having personhood, individuality, wholeness, history and culture.
Connectedness is defined as a state of being connected, alive, belonging, engaged, involved, not detached, connected to the past, present, future, personal possessions, place, community and nature.
Security – feeling safe both physically and emotionally defined as freedom from doubt, anxiety, or fear, certain, assured, and having privacy, dignity and respect and feeling valued.
Autonomy is defined as liberty, self-governance, self-determination, having authority, choice and freedom over one’s life. This includes the right to take risks.
Meaning is defined as significance and value, heart, hope, purpose, reflection and sacredness.
Growth is defined as a person’s development and enrichment and it is always unfolding, expanding and evolving.
Joy is defined as happiness, pleasure, delight, contentment, and enjoyment. If all other domains are met, it is more likely that this domain will follow.
Domains of wellbeing for employees
Identity can be defined as being understood, being respected for your unique feelings, views and individuality and being given equal opportunities to contribute and achieve.
Individual needs are balanced with the needs of the organisation.
Connectedness is defined as a state of being connected, belonging, engaged, involved, connected to your colleagues and aligned to your workplace vision, values and philosophy.
Security is defined as freedom from anxiety, having a safe workplace, being treated respectfully by colleagues and clients.
Autonomy Increased autonomy can enable employees to feel more of a responsibility towards their work. Appropriate delegated decision making within the boundaries of existing policies and procedures can support employees to meet the needs of their clients. With autonomy comes trust and accountability.
Meaning is the feeling that your work role has significance, value and purpose taking into account that there are a multitude of reasons as to why people choose the roles they undertake.
Growth is defined as a person’s personal and professional development and enrichment and it is always unfolding, expanding and evolving. Opportunities for self reflection within the workplace can also support this domain. Joy is defined as happiness, pleasure, delight, contentment, and enjoyment. Happy and engaged employees have a direct impact on increased productivity.
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