In your quest to find the perfect care home, you will no doubt come across the phrase person-centred care repeatedly and for good reason.
As the paradigm of healthcare has evolved, there has been a resounding call for a shift towards a more empathetic and individualised approach to care. This may seem obvious to us however, if you look back at the way that care homes have been run in the past you will find that care was more generic, it followed strict patterns and routines, and was a one-size fits all approach.
Person-centred care is now the basis of all care homes, a holistic approach that places the individual at the forefront of decision-making and care planning. It recognises each resident as the unique person they are, with their own preferences, values, and life experiences.
The core principles of person-centred care include a respect for the individual, involving them in their care, and tailoring services to meet their specific needs.
This style of caring empowers residents by actively involving them in decision-making regarding their lives. From daily routines to medical treatment plans, residents are encouraged to express their preferences and actively participate in choices that impact their lives. This level of involvement not only respects individual autonomy but also ensures that the resident retains empowerment and control over their own lives.
Here at Kingfisher Court, we have a wonderful lifestyle team, led by our lifestyle manager Steve. Steve has a wonderful relationship with our residents, he knows them well, and he knows how to ensure that they are getting the most out of life.
Reg and his wife Cynthia both live here with us at Kingfisher Court. They are a wonderful couple who enjoy life here. Last week Reg celebrated his birthday and Steve was on hand to make sure that he had the best day, spending it the way he chose. Reg’s wish was to have a pub lunch with his wife Cynthia and so that was what they did. A cosy table, a hearty meal, washed down with a celebratory drink or two. It was perfect.
A care home should improve life, it should provide the support required to live a rich and fulfilling life, to continue to enjoy pastimes and hobbies, and to stay connected to the community. It’s your home, your care, and your life, and you should choose how you live it.