The presence of relational clowns in the establishment is a waiting and an opening for residents.
A link, an exchange of the resident and his environment.
It is an approach where the red nose, the flower on the hat or the music allow people to catch the exchange, to pass on information, and to be human and unique.
Privileged moments. Among the residents there are changes.
There is recognition. (Good or bad!) and there is a lot of human exchange, openness....
In the service there is a good welcome for the clown teams, a real recognition of their work (but not often enough... of sessions).
In teams, some people adhere and others do not, but the approach is respected and the objectives understood by all.
For me, the clowns' approach is a help in accompanying residents, it opens doors to their history, their words and feelings (of the residents).
It helps us to have leads for better care. To understand certain situations or problems.
It reopens people to their environment and their families.
She puts words on the team's "unspoken", motivates and verbalizes our own work with people.
First of all, their presence brings joy and colour to the establishment.
They attract the attention of all residents and some are waiting for them to come and express their joy at seeing them.
Then, their intervention allows them to "approach" certain residents who are no longer in communication, who have advanced dementia.
They manage to "touch" them, to bring to light things, emotions. Finally, they are part of non-drug management and are complementary to what is already in place.
Their presence is positive and important.
There are changes after the clowns' intervention: - behaviour change, calming; - opening up communication with some people; - additional support for a good adaptation; - the team is really interested in their coming, sees the change even minimal.
In my opinion, the approach is a help in supporting residents. This approach is part of a non-drug therapy.
It is an integral part of the care of some residents.
Their interventions are also recorded when they seem necessary in some people's personalized projects.
Working in collaboration with the health care team, and the psychologist is important and enriching for everyone, brings different and complementary perspectives.