Looking to the future there are reasons for the care home sector to be confident, but also a similar and essential requirement for it to be responsive to change. Will care homes be agile enough to adapt to both new ways of thinking and working so they are prepared for a coming decade that will bring significant population changes, that will see people living long lives with dementia, frailty and dependency, and critically will see the arrival of a new resident population who will define themselves as customers of care and who are unlikely to be stoical and grateful for what they receive.
Are care homes an archaic late twentieth century solution to dependency in old age as some would have us believe or is the future bright? If it is bright what is offered will have to be fit for its time and this means it cannot simply be more of the same.
The Airedale and Partner’s Health as a Social Movement programme is working to improve the wellbeing of care home residents by forging connections between local communities and the residents, their families, friends and carers.
This session will explore how the vanguard has brought members of the community into care homes and supported residents wishing to take part in wider community activities. It will look at how they have overcome key challenges and the impact it is having.
Dining can easily become a task orientated process that lacks a positive experience and this can undermine the abilities and health of an individual with dementia. Supporting individuals to eat and drink well and to engage in dining as an activity is at the heart of the Sunrise Senior Living Enriched Dining Experience model. The model addresses the dining environment; the staffing level and deployment and, an enabling approach. This model was introduced initially for a period of 4 months in four of our Communities and we measured the impact on a group of residents in a range of ways. This included level of meal consumption; resident well-being, cognition and function and, clinical outcomes of weight and infections. This presentation describes the model and the outcomes from it