Decreasing the Institutional Character Did you know that nearly half a million people reside in care homes at any point in time? The number is expected to rise over a million by 2051, according to a recent article in the Daily Mail. The 2011 Census conducted by the Office of National Statistics also suggests that the population aged 65 and above has risen from 8.3 million to 9.2 million from 2001 to 2011 in England and Wales. All this points to the need for better residential care for senior citizens. Unfortunately, there are times when the institutional character of a facility overtakes the home-like environment, in an attempt to offer the best medical care. Therefore, there needs to be a greater focus on creating a welcoming and warm environment, which is something that Eastbourne care homes, such as Avalon Nursing Home, registered with the CQC in Sussex, work hard to achieve.
How to Improve the Quality Life in Nursing Homes Maintenance and enhancement of each resident’s life should be the primary aim of a nursing home. Basically the quality of life of residents can be raised by taking care of:
It is important for elderly residents to have an environment that gives them independent functioning. Therefore, individualizing the resident’s physical environment for their unique needs and preferences should be a priority. The staff should be trained to reasonably accommodate needs of the residents through things like adequate temperature, lighting and sound levels.
The dignity of the residents should be respected and maintained. The staff at East Sussex nursing homes plays a very important role in this respect. They ensure that they interact with the residents in a way that enhances the self respect and self worth of the residents.
The activities and on- going programs should be designed to meet the interests and physical, mental and social needs of every resident. They should be enjoyable to the person, should make them feel useful and should aim at providing a sense of belongingness.
Healing differs from curing. An Anglo-Saxon word that means “to make whole,” healing can be understood as the harmony of mind, body and spirit. This harmony can be achieved by increasing one’s connection with nature and reducing environment stressors.
Access to Social Support
A facility should have proper arrangements for visitors. Research shows that support from family or close friends can accelerate healing. Eastbourne nursing homes aim to provide the ideal social support through their staff and regular visits from the residents’ family and friends.