Learning to Be a Carer with Mrs Begum

Added: Feb 10, 2020

This week Samina Qureshi‘s Health and Social Care class received a special guest visitor – her mum!

Samina, who’s a full-time carer as well as a teacher, felt that her students would be able to benefit from meeting her mother, Mrs Begum, who has been diagnosed with dementia. After students spent class time learning about the 6 C’s of compassionate care – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage, and commitment – they had the opportunity to practise these skills with Mrs Begum.

Students asked her a variety of questions, spanning from what she remembers of Pakistan as a child to what she had for breakfast. After some time, they began to understand that her long-term memory seemed much better than her short-term memory. They listened to all her stories, treating her with empathy, dignity, and respect. Not only does this help them understand her neurological condition, it helps them understand a carer’s day-to-day role in society and in the home.

The most valuable skill Samina hopes her students took away from this conversation is patience. She also believes informal talks like these allow for increased participation from even the quietest students in her class. Everyone wanted her mum to feel welcome!

A special thank you to Mrs Begum for sharing your wisdom and stories with us.


«...I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family.... »

«I arrived in this country four months ago, without any confidence in my English and really scared to be an independent person at sixteen. I didn't know what my next steps were since the education in my country is really different. One day, my aunt bought me to EMBS. At the beginning I was really insecure as I didn't even know how to use the bus and get there, it made me feel like a child surrounded by grown up people that didn’t understand me at all. Ever since I started to study here, everything negative that I used to feel has changed completely. I’ve got to meet amazing people like Jo and Jane, who took care of me and were concerned about my future. I’ve also got to make amazing friends like Aisha and Abner that always make me laugh and feel positive about life. Of course, this is not the only thing that the EMBS has given me: they also are deeply involved in my education and they help me in any way possible to achieve my purpose, which is go to university and study human rights. If I am being honest, I not only consider EMBS a college - I also see it as my family. »


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«Before I came to EMBS I was very shy and often felt very awkward to start conversations with people around me, I never spoke unless I was spoken to but after a few months of being here I gained confidence and was able to communicate with other people comfortably, made good friends and feel like I knew myself. I really enjoyed my time at EMBS, meeting so many different people and making lots of fun and happy memories.»


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