Inspirational Passages

“Here starts the next stage in the adventure called ‘My Life’…bring it on!!!”

Heather Manktelow, on starting up the new business ‘Activities for Health’ having just beaten breast cancer. May 3rd 2014.

“I don’t see the point in measuring life in terms of time any more. I’d rather measure life in terms of making a difference.”

Stephen Sutton, who raised millions of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

“Person centred care comes from the heart – it is not something you learn – it is something you need to feel.”

“As we become more emotional and less cognitive, it’s the way you talk to us, not what you say that we will remember.

We will know the feeling, but don’t know the plot.

Your smile, your laugh and your touch are what we will connect with…

Just love us as we are. We’re still here, if only you could find us.”

Christine Brydon, “Dancing with Dementia”.

“Remember it’s the doing that is important – not the outcome – the point is not the task in hand – but the feelings the person will get from helping.”

Norms McNamara, A Guide to caring for people with dementia in a care home setting.,

Kindness is magic…it’s more important to be kind than to be clever or good looking…I’m not clever or good looking but I’m kind.”

Ricky Gervais, from the pilot edition of the sit-com Derek based in a care home.

“I love old people. I think I’ve learned everything I know from old people…they’re wise. Some people think they’ve got nothing to say because they just sit there and they’re quiet. But they only sit there and they’re quiet because people think they’ve got nothing to say so they don’t talk to them. But if you take the time to talk to them and ask them things, they tell you stuff…it’s brilliant!

Just a kind word – they realise you’ve noticed them…or even just a smile – THEY LIGHT UP, IT MAKES THEIR DAY. And that makes me happy.

That’s the amazing thing about KINDNESS…it makes you feel good, whether you’re the one handing it out, or you’re the one who receives it. That’s what I think anyway.”

Ricky Gervais, from Series 2 of the sit-com Derek based in a care home.