My ideal care home, in a perfect world !

In an ideal world this is what my chosen care home would be like 
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I recently wrote this for Care Industry News and is an idealistic wish in a perfect world

Home from Home

As an elderly person I am now as vulnerable as a young child, the difference being as a child I had no expectations.

Like me many elderly people fear going into residential care and I am no different.

However I can no longer cope alone at home. I have a family but they live away and are busy with their own families and careers.  I do not want to be a burden to them.

With this in mind I am looking at residential homes and have decided my ideal care home from Home will be one

  • Where I am cared about and not just for
  • Where I am acknowledged for what I once did and not for what I can’t do now
  • Where I could have a choice of meals and not just get what I am given
  • Where it doesn’t smell of stale urine. I may not be able to smell it but visitors can
  • Where I am an individual and not an inconvenience and treated with respect

My ideal care home will also

  • Provide a stimulating activities and excursions, elderly people still need to feel involved
  • Have bright articulate carers who have chosen to care for the elderly, not a last resort and
  • Allow myself and my belongings security and privacy.
  • I will always wear my own clothes
  • I will not live in an environment where I am scared of the other residents who may have dementia

All these requests are “wants” for the ideal world in a sector where funds are shrinking whilst demand is growing. I am just grateful I am elderly now and not in another 30 years.

 

 

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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