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Resident at Gowrie House reflects on poem about dementia

Back in October, we shared Nina Hutchinson’s poem about dementia.

Nina wrote the poem after completing her Dementia Care Framework training, helping her to empathise and understand what residents who live with dementia face on a daily basis.

Isa Simpson, a resident at Gowrie House Care Home in Kirkcaldy wanted to share her thoughts on the poem. She said: “I thought it was a very good poem, and it made me think about my best friend more. I used to get very frustrated with her being confused and forgetting things, but now I realise it wasn’t her fault. I think everyone should read this poem as it would help to understand others better.”

This is a lovely sentiment so we wanted to take the opportunity to share Nina’s poem with you again.

Dementia Experience Poem

Walk in my Shoes,
Just for a day,
Feel how I feel,
It’s the easiest way,

The jigsaw is there,
The pieces are too,
They don’t seem to fit
It’s a bit of a do,

Hear what I hear,
And see what I see,
I’m not sure where I am,
But I know I’m me,

Step into my shoes,
The experience may be difficult,

And at times a bit rough
But you can say when you’ve had enough

But this is my life, my everyday world
Some days nice and calm,
And other days a swirl,

The one thing to remember when the experience is done,
Help me with my memories,
And the days that I have none.

Are you looking for a care home in Kirkcaldy? Gowrie House Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

Date published: 15 September 2017

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