Residential care can be a blessing to the elderly

The negatives of moving into a residential home are often in the news but there is a positive side too. This helpful article highlights the benefits of communal living, with the added bonus of security, companionship and privacy.
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Colchester - Essex - England

Dec. 14, 2011 - PRLog -- Many of us will have a stereotypical image of the elderly in a residential home having little interaction with others and enjoying few activities apart from bingo on a Thursday and bridge every other Sunday.

But the reality is that residential homes can provide an important lifeline to those living there.  For many elderly people, they may have been widowed and lived alone for many years before moving into a residential care setting.  And unless they lived in a close-knit community with frequent visitors from neighbours, they may have found themselves feeling lonely and isolated.  So moving into a home and suddenly having a large number of people around who are of a similar age and mindset can be very rewarding, giving them a feeling of belonging to a real community.  

Many residential homes have dedicated activities co-ordinators who provide a varied programme of events, visits and trips out to local attractions.  Activities may include visits from musicians who will even play in residents’ bedrooms if they’re not able to venture into the communal areas, or travelling zoos where residents are given the opportunity to get up close and personal with lizards, snakes and owls.

Other in-house entertainment might include arts and crafts based around a topical event – for example, the Royal Wedding was marked across the country including residential homes in Felixstowe, Barrow-in-Furness, Birmingham and Burton-on-Trent amongst many other towns and cities.  Homes will also welcome groups of younger people like the Prince’s Trust and local schools for inter-generational projects like reminiscence work and other collaborative activities.

Many residential homes will also provide day trips out to the seaside if it’s in easy reach, or to National Trust properties or the local garden centre.  Lots of homes also consider it vitally important that the residents feel a part of the community outside the home itself, so they will get involved with village life, attending fetes and other events throughout the year where possible.

If going to church has been a big part of a resident’s life before moving into the home, their religious beliefs will be taken into consideration by the staff.  Some homes have chapels on site, while others will arrange trips to the nearest place of worship each week.  Lots of homes also have a date with Songs of Praise on the television every Sunday!

Residents are often encouraged to get involved with gardening projects at their home if they are particularly green fingered.  Some homes enter local In Bloom competitions, so residents can take the opportunity to ensure their entry is top notch, while others might take responsibility for watering plants indoors.

Of course, residents are also welcome to keep themselves to themselves if they don’t wish to get involved in communal activities.  The vast majority of residential homes in Felixstowe and beyond will encourage prospective residents to bring as many personal possessions as practicable to ensure that their new rooms are to their specific tastes.  

Above all else, residents want to live in a home from home – and with everything that’s provided by staff, that wish can truly become a reality.

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