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Bibiana Savin tells the story of the woman with the Red Suitcase who waited in the hallway of the nursing home trying to go home. The staff were unaware that she had the right to leave and told her to go to her room or they would call the Gardaí. She went to her room ate her humble pie and cried all night. After she contacted Sage Advocacy she was reassessed and went home to her own home to her cat and her friends and community. Five months later she pointed out her suitcase to Bibiana and told her the next time she would use the suitcase it would be on a trip to the United States on holiday!
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In this podcast Padraig Ruane talks about the kind of work Sage Advocacy does with clients and how the Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act (2015) is about supporting decision making and maximising a person's capacity to make decisions.
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Emer Meighan, Regional Coordinator with Sage Advocacy talks about her work with adults who have an intellectual disability. The freedom to chose simple things like their own age appropriate clothes, hairstyle and makeup is important to people with and intellectual disability and gives them a sense of identity and autonomy. Emer says "It's important that we all have choices, that we get to chose the clothes that we wear and go to the shops and to chose what is next to our skin.
Emer believes "we need to remove the labels, because they become the barrier about people with intellectual disability. With a little help we can all feel the best versions of ourselves."
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Bibiana Savin is a regional coordinator with Sage Advocacy and she says that sometime people need help with the small things to keep them engaged and enjoying life. Often they need help of glasses to be able to sign financial or legal documents or just to be able to read their own post in a nursing home. Privacy is an issue and rather than opening or reading correspondence aloud to people they should be asked if they need assistance by staff or provided with their glasses.
Dentures, glasses and hearing aids are essential to people living in nursing homes or living alone to enable them to live to the full and participate in the activities of daily life. People who do needlework or other activities may need their glasses fixed or replaced or on a neck support to allow them to engage in their hobbies.
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Bibiana Savin of Sage Advocacy describes how life improved dramatically for a client in a nursing home when they discovered the joy of painting. The man's social life improved and painting gave him back self esteem and relieved the boredom he felt in his nursing home.
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Padraig Ruane talks about transitioning from home to nursing home about fair deal and how sometimes an independent advocate is needed to explore the options for a person who would rather live at home even though their family thinks they would be better off in a care facility. "It is important have the person's voice heard and listened to." Access to keys and pension were an issue in one man's case. The person in this case was discharged from hospital and was in respite care for a few weeks. Once the man was ready to be discharged, there was no contact with the family and the nursing home had no choice but to discharge him back to the hospital and it was at this stage that Sage Advocacy got involved. The man said he did not want to go into a nursing home while the family insisted that he did want it. He had an apartment but did not have the key. With the support of Sage Advocacy the client gained back control of both keys and his pension.
"It was a clear advocacy case there were a number of people working against him but we were able to facilitate him and to support him ensuring his voice was heard. Oftentimes family out of fear, worry about their relative. This is where Sage Advocacy can help we can listen to both sides and make sure that the person's voice is heard."