Christmas in a care home
An essential aspect to consider when planning a care home Christmas is to inspire a ‘homely-feel’. With that in mind, the ethos of Stanfield Nursing Home is that we recognise we are second best compared to staying in one’s own home. We therefore aim to make the experience of living at our Worcester care home the ‘very best second best’ it can be, especially if residents are spending family celebrations away from their loved ones.
Despite what can be a hectic Christmas period, we have continued to implement our person-centred ethos in the planning of daily functions and activities – from understanding a person’s likes and dislikes, to knowing about their preferred hobbies. You can read more about how we create this environment on our website.
Christmas can be a very busy time of year so it is useful as a care home to make sure things run smoothly. Having a pre-planned care home Christmas calendar is one of the tools we use to ensure a calm environment. The process has to be carefully managed to support our residents as sometimes it can trigger a difficult memory. This requires skilled support to enable it to be explored and then diverted into today’s life.
Last year we focused on the concept of ‘making and not buying’. The main thrust of our activities this year is crafting decorations to dazzle the home for Christmas; the objective of which is to promote sharing reminiscences of times past. This involves our residents, families, friends and staff joining together to share their creations and inspire those of others. We always make sure to choose activities that are inclusive and, specific to this season, create Christmas with a personal touch.
In our nursing home we have a ‘Memory Tree’. This is our way of helping residents recall the time of year to give a sense of what season or month we are in. The focus of the start of this month was tree decorating. Residents hung their own crafty decorations on the branches to add a personal touch. Other crafting activities in store this month include: Christmas cards, table decorations and stockings. Naturally, people tend to reflect upon their lives around Christmas, which is a common aspect of caring for those with dementia, and often encouraged. Listening to Christmas songs, watching classic festive movies, and singing carols are just some of the upcoming activities planned to allow for residents to reminisce with each other.
Contacting Stanfield Nursing Home
If you are interested in finding out more about our care home Christmas then head to our website today. Alternatively, you can visit our social media for daily updates on activities in our home or call 01905 420 459 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.