Care homes have always needed to be concerned about safety, security and physical well-being, but essential to this as well, is a high quality of life. Historically, the focus on care as opposed to quality of life is now recognised as being an ‘institutional’ model of care and seen increasingly as being very limited. Regulation has prioritised this approach of care in days gone by and much of the press that care homes have received in the past is a result of a failure to meet these lower level needs, let alone the matters which are also extremely important to well being, such as enjoyment and connection.
We are proud of the fact that our four homes are registered members of the Eden Alternative Philosophies. This is a growing international care home philosophy developed by Dr Bill Thomas from the USA that addresses the challenges of loneliness, helplessness and boredom that can be experienced in some homes.
The anxiety of most residents in care homes is often caused by a failure to meet higher levels of residents needs, which include pleasure, fun, positive relationships and seeing people as individuals, with different requirements and wishes. At Southern Healthcare we also believe that these three worries of old age, that of loneliness, boredom and helplessness are matters we can overcome and must be addressed every single day.