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A Place to call Home

2nd March

We all want to live in a place we call home with people and things we love, in a community where we look out for one another, doing things that matter most. We endeavour to make you feel valued as a person, feel comfortable and remain as independent as possible.

A person’s home represents familiar comforts, self-sufficiency, and privacy. The prospect of moving or transitioning to a care home is one of the most difficult decisions a person makes in their lifetime. One of the most difficult tasks we may have to make during our lifetime is making the decision whether an ageing loved one can remain safely in their own home.

Swarthmore offers person centered care to all residents. How does Swarthmore make you feel part of the home; settle into a new environment and enjoy your social space:

We all want to get to know you and your family/friends

Make your space feel like home – bring in creature comforts such as photos, blankets, cushions, ornaments so we can help you create your own space in your room

Introduce you to everyone – get to know all the staff, small introductions to help you familiarise faces

Routines – talk about your likes and dislikes, daily routines and introduce you to life within the home

It’s important to continue to keep in touch with your loved ones. We can offer to assist with organising visits to the home by an in-house visit or the use of our visitor pod. If you are unable to leave the home or cannot see someone due to the distance they live, we can organise a WhatsApp video call or Zoom. Our team will help facilitate your choice so no need to worry about the use of new ways of communicating with your loved ones. You can also organise a BT line to your room if you wish. Each room has a smart TV so you will have the choice to have some downtime. You can also arrange your own Sky connection.

Activities – we have a monthly schedule outlining choice of activity. A weekly activity schedule is delivered to each resident on a weekly basis so they are able to preview what’s on offer. Two activities per day with a choice of exercises, art classes, virtual tours to fields afar, flower arranging, outings, quiz, manicures and lots more, never a dull day!

Improve confidence – we encourage everyone to join in with activities and make new friends with fellow residents.

Gardens – we have beautiful seasonal gardens which you will be able to enjoy throughout the year. The views from most of our rooms are outstanding throughout the year.

Isolation and loneliness – you have no need to worry about being lonely as you will be surrounded by a friendly care and activities team, housekeeping team, residents, and management to keep you company.

Healthy diet – we all recognise that it’s very important making sure you are kept hydrated throughout the day, with a nutritional diet to keep you healthy.

Personal Hygiene – we have a wonderful hairdresser on site a couple of days a week so you can indulge in a pamper. We also have a visiting chiropodist.

Quiet room – provides an abundance of books to enjoy in peace

During the last couple of years, we have all experienced isolation and loneliness, so we all understand that connecting with others is a fundamental human need whatever our age.

The main seven principles of excellence for housing, care and support:

Person centered and outcome focused care

Community connections

Strong leadership culture and work force

Adopting innovation

Enabling choice and control

Promoting equality

Shared decision making

Some of our residents have expressed their feelings about living at Swarthmore:

It’s important to have a routine, and company along with conversation. Someone to make me a nice cup of tea. Trixie

A home with creature comforts and warmth is important to me. Swarthmore provides both. Diana

Swarthmore is very homely, with friendly and helpful staff. Lots of activities which keep us all occupied. Shelagh

The staff are so cheerful they help lift the day, they are also very kind at all times. I don’t feel lonely as people are always popping in to see me or I enjoy the time in the lounge with other residents. Barbara T

Having people around me to help me do things I can no longer do. Seeing a friendly face every day its wonderful. Barbara F

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