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Living Well in Care Homes

17th February

Moving into a care home is a major change in your life and can be a challenging one, as you adapt to a different lifestyle. Whether it’s a lifelong decision due to loneliness, ill health or an accident that has left you requiring more assistance.

Care homes provide a connection with people. Swarthmore has a home-like environment and a caring practice. Communal areas which allow residents to make new friends and enjoy being part of a larger family. The hardest part is maybe acceptance and adaption to a new environment. Knowing that you can ask for help at any time; no need to feel lonely. A piece of mind that comes from living in a safe and supportive environment with like-minded people. Positive experience helps form quality of life, for example one of our residents said she wouldn’t laugh again. She said she probably wouldn’t want to join in with activities as she likes her own space. Hence, she joins in with most of the activities with lots of laughter. How nice is that!

Routines are important for everyone; this gives purpose and helps our sense of control. We encourage residents to engage in activities as it’s a way of improving social skills. Getting to know residents is equally as important so we can help them maintain areas that are important to them. It’s the little things that make a difference, finding out what puts a tick in someone’s box ….. a box of chocolates on a Friday, baileys before you go to bed…………

Each situation is different, remember to maintain as much of your routine as possible, whatever decision you take! Did you take a brief walk each afternoon? If so, ask someone if it’s safe to go for a walk and maybe they can accompany you. If its not safe or the weather doesn’t permit, maybe try an exercises class. An option to try something new! Social contact, self-expression and belonging will hopefully be something you will regain in the right environment.

Swarthmore has the potential to influence residents lives socially, physically and psychologically. Areas to focus on to help you settle in a new environment such as a care home:

• Interaction with others

• Accept help when needed

• Joining in with activities and days out

• Having a cuppa and a chat at the spare of a moment

• Enjoying the space and not having to worry about things

• Having a balanced diet – not worrying about having to cook for yourself

• Someone to look after you if you are unwell

• Make new friends and learn a new hobby

Our staff understand and share our values which go hand in hand with care. Compassion shows a commitment to delivering outstanding care within the home. An integral part of our culture is treating people with respect and ensuring everyone has a sense of belonging. Placing people at the heart of everything we do is essential, but also listening and hearing their voices is vital. Swarthmore has delivered care since 1946, we are privileged for the role we play in making a difference to those we support.

If you are considering care and would like to discuss your current situation, please feel free to give Sally a call on 01753 885663, Option 1. We can arrange a viewing around the home if you are considering residential care.

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