A good care home 'promotes independence and dignity'

Posted on 28 March 2011

People choosing a care home should look for one that promotes independence and dignity, according to Care UK.

Karen Morrison, head of service design for residential services at the social care provider, said the ingredients for a good care home include encouraging residents to live the lives they want and providing them with plenty of choice.

"The care residents receive is flexible and person-centred, provided by staff that are skilled and committed, within environments that are stimulating and creative," she commented.

Recently, Care UK launched a project designed to help staff understand what it means to have dementia, by using special glasses to blur the vision and bandages or gloves to restrict the movement of their fingers.

As a result of the project, the company has made a number of changes to its facilities to help people there who are paying for long term care, such as replacing bathroom signs with a photograph of what is behind the door.

Posted by Toby Mynott

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