Social activities are provided within the Home in keeping with the philosophy of the Home and we endeavour to encourage patients to pursue their hobbies and interests.
Our Activities Therapists encourage our patients to engage in a range of activities. The choice of patients to participate or not is respected by the Home. Activities are co-ordinated to suit individual needs and wishes, and include communal activities.
We extend an invitation to potential clients to ‘come to live at our Homes’, while recognising that with increasing age comes decreasing function. The programme of activities and events is guided and determined by the mission statement which reads: We are committed to providing high quality, safe and effective care in a Christian setting for those who choose to live life here. Our aim is to provide the means by which each patient may pass his/her time in a manner that stimulates positive feelings. Presenting a programme or an activity that does not interest a patient or is beyond their present capabilities will result in disillusionment.
Tears are a part of life as is laughter. Both are acceptable and beneficial.
The aim of the activities and events programme is, that in being guided by the need, capability, culture and faith of each individual, a pleasurable way will be identified in which that patient can pass his/her time.
A patient may participate to varying degrees e.g. active participation, a reasonable level of participation or participation with encouragement and persuasion. The patient who has no desire to participate is allowed to exercise his/her choice at any given time.
A patients’ comfort fund exists, the principle role of which is to assist in the provision of comfort and social stimulus.
Many extra-special days are celebrated throughout the year:
- Birthdays- each patient has a special afternoon tea with a Birthday cake, complete with candles, baked by our catering team. Family and friends are very welcome. The Dining Room is made available should they wish to use it.
One Hundredth Birthdays are very special! The Home assists the family with the arrangements.
- Open Days/Sales to raise money for the Activities Fund- arts and crafts made by the patients, bric-a-brac donated by relatives and friends, and cakes baked by Catering Staff are sold.
- Christmas, New Year and Easter are celebrated with special services provided by the church groups who attend regularly each month, choirs who visit on special occasions and school children.
- Valentine’s Day, Shrove Tuesday and Harvest time are amongst other celebrations in the Home.
Management promote a friendly atmosphere and are easily approachable. Arrangements are in place for patients and their representatives to speak freely about the operation of the Home at any time or by appointment.
Patients’ and their representatives’ views are formally sought on an annual basis by method of a questionnaire. The questionnaires address the quality of service provided in the Home. A report is compiled and distributed to all concerned.
A Patients’ Meeting/Forum on a quarterly basis, lead by the Activities Therapists. Patients’ Representatives are also invited to these meetings. The aim of these meetings will be:
- To promote the best interests of our patients
- To develop a rapport with our patients
- To give patients the opportunity to comment or make suggestions about the running of the Home
- To inform patients of forthcoming events and changes that is scheduled regarding the Home.
We encourage good communication; openness, honesty and approachability are promoted.
Carers and representatives are advised at the earliest stage (usually when viewing the Home in the company of the Nurse Manager) that our intention is to achieve a family atmosphere. It is in the patient’s best interests that a good rapport between all parties involved in care is established.