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The Little Things in Life

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Residents and relatives voice their concerns over what small changes could make all the difference for them...

 

  • Welcome Home! For many residents, moving to a care home is a daunting prospect. The uncertainty of what is to come is often exacerbated by a lack of hands-on information. Many homes now have welcome packs which will clarify many of the most frequent concerns. If you don't have one, why not find out about it?

  • House Meeting! Ensure that residents have their say in as many areas as possible. Perhaps the living room is being painted, or new curtains chosen. Being part of such decisions greatly increases the perception of influence that a resident has on his/her environment. In turn, the feeling of control can greatly reduce the likelihood of stress and depression.

  • Keep learning! Introduce activities, new skills. Having a sense of direction and progress is a basic human need. Without it, we become listless and demotivated. Look at your activity list objectively - is it enough?

  • Make Room! Many people have been married for a great number of years until one of them becomes too ill to be cared for at home. All too often husbands and wives are treated as secondary guests in the care home, and have few, if any, priveleges to share with their loved one. If you have room, make a Snug, where husbands and wives can spend quality time together. After all, the Care Home is the residents home - loved ones should be made to feel welcome to stay for as long as they wish.

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