Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities is happy to announce the release of a new informational video, “Thin Edge of Dignity.” This video is based on the experiences of Dr. Richard “Dick” Weinman, a consumer living in an assisted living facility in Oregon.
Dr. Weinman has a unique gift as a powerful communicator. In this video, he shares his message and experiences in assisted living with great eloquence. These are strictly his thoughts, feelings and experiences and are shared with you for the purposes of raising awareness, public education, discourse and training.
In the video, you will hear about Dr. Weinman’s life before he moved into the assisted living facility and what life has been like for him while living there. Dr. Weinman also shares information about his wife’s experiences living in a memory care community.
The purpose of this video is to communicate a consumer’s experience and assess opportunities to increase person-centered services. There are simple things that caregivers and providers can do in order to significantly improve quality of life and help consumers maintain independence, choice and sense of identity.
Dr. Weinman has written essays that have been used to train administrators and other staff within long-term care settings. AARP has also given him a voice on their blog and he has been a keynote speaker for Long-Term Care Ombudsman volunteers.
We hope you take a moment to view this video, and while you’re watching, keep in mind the settings where you work or come into contact with older adults and people with disabilities. Think about what you can do to ensure all Oregonians are adopting person-centered practices. We have prepared a discussion guide that you may wish to use as you develop your own thoughts around this video.