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Embracing Person-Centred Care at Swarthmore

24th October





When someone becomes a resident in a care home, it's crucial that they don't leave their previous life and achievements behind. Person-centred care recognises the entirety of an individual, ensuring that they retain their sense of choice in their everyday lives.

At Swarthmore Residential Care, we take immense pride in our commitment to providing person-centred residential and respite care. This means that every member of our care team understands the importance of delivering compassionate care tailored uniquely to the needs, wishes, and preferences of each resident.

Examples of Person-Centred Care

According to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), https://www.scie.org.uk/person-centred-care/older-people-care-homes/introduction person-centred care is defined by a range of services designed to be flexible and adaptable, catering to the unique needs of each individual. Personalised care empowers people to continue living their lives on their own terms, pursuing their interests, and nurturing their emotional well-being.

When individuals can maintain a high quality of life and feel genuinely comfortable with the care they receive, trust is cultivated, resulting in a multitude of benefits for our residents. So, what does person-centred care look like, on a day-to-day basis. Here are a few examples of the Swarthmore approach:

1. Personal Choice at Mealtimes

At Swarthmore, we respect that every resident has unique tastes and dietary needs. Our on-site chef prepares three daily meals, and our menus offer a variety of dishes, with choices posted in advance. We accommodate dietary requirements, ensuring every meal suits individual preferences. While our dining room is a welcoming space, we understand that some residents may prefer the comfort of their own rooms for meals, and we honour that choice.

2. The Whole Person - Activities and Hobbies

We recognise the diversity of skills and interests our residents bring with them. To cater to this range, we offer a wide range of daily activities. From arts and crafts to poetry, exercise, and summer gardening, there's something for everyone. Residents are free to participate in as many activities as they desire.

For those who prefer quieter pursuits, such as reading, conversing, or enjoying one to one room visits with our Activities Co-ordinator we happily provide that option.

3. Seeing the Person in Context – Family Visits

Swarthmore is not just a care facility; it's a home, and we wholeheartedly encourage visits from family and friends. Whether it's a special occasion or a casual catch-up, these moments can be celebrated privately, in residents' rooms, or in our inviting garden or communal areas, wherever feels most appropriate for connecting with loved ones.

4. Past, Present, and Future - Personalizing Life at Swarthmore

When residents first arrive at Swarthmore, we encourage them to envision their room as a blank canvas for self-expression. Cushions, photos, books, and cherished mementos all come together to tell the unique story of their lives up to that point.

Additionally, we look forward to the future with our residents. They are encouraged to share their dreams and desires.

About Swarthmore Residential Care Home

Swarthmore residential care home is a place where hearts and hands have been dedicated to caring for others for over seven decades. Located in the heart of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, our lovely, old-world property sits amidst landscaped gardens that provide a sense of peace and tranquillity.

Our carers are more than just professionals; they're like a second family to us. They're the reason we can boast about the warm and welcoming atmosphere that envelopes our residents. We've worked hard to create a space where people feel at home and well-cared for.

So, whether you're considering a short respite stay or thinking about a more permanent home, we'd be absolutely thrilled to show you around. Come on in, soak up the friendly atmosphere, and experience Swarthmore firsthand.

For an informal chat, or to arrange a visit, call us today on 01753 885663, Option 1. 

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