"...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped."
People with learning difficulties and challenging behaviours e.g. autism, need to be treated with dignity and respect in their local communities, and be closely surrounded by their family and friends. Vibrant Health Education endeavours to educate professionals on the importance of becoming a facilitator, rather than just a carer. Our Curriculum teaches preventative and regenerative methodologies that facilitate development of human potential while preventing complications - to ensure happier and healthier lifestyles in British care homes.
Vibrant Health Education in special need care units aims to introduce preventative and regenerative methodologies that facilitate psychophysical development for those in need. Our objective is to teach staff additional skills needed to reduce challenging behaviours, improve quality of companionship and strengthen the overall health of individuals with special needs. The most frequent outcome of poor care for such individuals is a lack of quality stimulation, which usually leads to retaliating behaviour, when those with special needs do not feel understood. Our studies in the past have shown a radically different change in behaviour as soon as this shift in care occurs, as patients start to communicate and express happiness.
Apart from training and advice from CBF, encouraging the use of social stories for communication and lowering anxiety levels in the environment, there are many social interactive programmes with an already proven track record in improving physiological and psycho-social development. Interacting with autistic individuals for example, requires specific training that does not come under the required NVQ training for special needs. Approaches such as Handle, Son-Rise or Intensive Interaction are offering insights on how to relate more successfully to autistic people, and how to implement a care regime that focuses on individual interaction and building a quality of companionship around their life. Currently, Intensive Interaction is only being used by a few UK councils, as visits from OT, SaLT or by psychologists is still sporadic. Yet these skills are needed in special need care homes every day. Vibrant Health initiative hopes to encourage those and similar programmes to become more widely distributed.
Vibrant Health Education also endeavours to teach staff other preventative and regenerative bioregulatory therapeutic measures, such as a quality of rehydration or organic alkaline diets rich in micronutrients and probiotics; where caffeine and fizzy drinks, processed food, additives, colourings etc are removed from the diet. Nutritionally-rich foods should be of a paramount importance in special care units, as well as additional supplementation of nutrients such as Omega three, vitamin D, Zinc, depending on individual nutritional deficiencies. Vibrant Health Education also aims to encourage and teach staff how to administer side-effect free medication and therapies, such as homeopathic or herbal remedies, Cranio-Sacral Therapy and other touch therapies capable of supporting homeostasis and improving the quality of health and lifestyle.
The current practice of using expensive specialist hospitals or units, where staff are not able to communicate with special needs individuals on a regular basis, frequently results in poor outcomes. Care from such units and hospitals can be prolonged, counter-productive and even regress individual development. It is extremely difficult for autistic people to cope with random allocations of staff, and yet it is a commonly accepted policy in care homes they are placed in. This method of care also imposes major burdens on public funds. The way forward is to organise smaller care homes, run by regular team members, who are trained to ensure quality of companionship and a sufficient focus on enhancing self-esteem and confidence for those with special needs.
People with autism, challenging behaviour and learning difficulties are being sectioned and frequently removed from their families and sent at a great distance, where families are split up and suffer distress. Since the exposure of the 'Winterbourne' scandal by the Panorama programme, Mencap and The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) have been showing their campaign 'Out of Sight - Stop the Abuse of People with a Learning Difficulty' to the Minister of State for Care and Support, Norman Lamb. The campaign asks for those people to be cared for within their community and not sent away at great distances from their families.