Specialist Dementia Care Worcestershire: How Social Changes Influenced Our Building

The specialist dementia care Worcestershire that we provide at Stanfield Nursing Home has, as one would expect, changed over the years. We always keep up to date with the latest in advances in nursing care practice. That includes staying abreast of the latest scientific developments. We make sure we are on top of the latest in new care theory. We learn and progress our understanding of disease and appropriate care. We implement and understand the latest legislative changes. It means as a team and a care home Worcester, we are always learning. 

For any respectable care home, these things should be standard practice in informing how the best type of care possible is delivered for nursing home residents. At our care home, they certainly are. 

But there is something else that has hugely informed the way we structure the specialist dementia care Worcestershire we deliver here too. And that is wider sociological change. 

Changes in societal norms and people's everyday lives have informed some big changes at our care home.

How Wider Social Changes Have Informed The Very Structure Of Our Specialist Dementia Care Worcestershire

What is interesting is that what's happened over the years since I've owned the nursing home is that individuals' aspirations, when they're moving to a caring situation, have changed.

Nobody at the time 30 years ago valued a single room with en-suite facilities.

Today, it's the norm, and that is just a sociological change in how people want to live their lives at a point when they're moving to a caring environment.

This meant that to meet the best standards of care, we had to adapt the structural framework of our care home. In 2008, I added 22 rooms, which I designed with the help of the matron, because we had particular goals to achieve.

We desperately wanted an internal courtyard where our residents could move freely and safely in and out of a building into the outside, where they could potter in the garden safely. We achieved that.

I don't think the architect at the time was particularly happy with me, because I made him draw very thick lines with a pencil, and I was saying, "No, that won't work. People want this. People want that. We want this. We want that." Like a lot of professionals, he'd come with a preconceived idea, so we had a tussle.

I had a challenge in changing the fabric of Stanfield - our building - to be suitable for a more modern way of life. As the original house is a listed building this added extra considerations in marrying the old with the new and achieving the goal of creating a nursing home that was in line with the changes in the way people wanted to live their lives. 

We had some very detailed discussions with the listed building officer, and I've got to say that, at the time, they were more than helpful. By that stage, we'd developed a good working relationship. They could see what I was trying to achieve. They could see that I was putting in characteristics in the new building, which was linking directly onto the old building, which met all their requirements.

Building A Suitably Caring Home

The building is a very busy building. It's similar to a family home, but because of the amount of comings and goings of residents, and staff, and visitors, it requires constant attention. We're in the process of continual renewal and refreshing the building, refreshing all the furniture, and then meeting the health and safety requirements.

Some people bemoan health & safety compliance. From my personal experience, it's always enhanced our specialist dementia care Worcestershire. Simple things like ensuring that we have thermostatic rad valves so that if our residents hit a radiator unwittingly, they're not burnt. Things like window locks and window barriers so that they can't fall out. These are all common sense things, which we have embraced as they've come in, and we've learned more about maintaining our residents' safety.

Caring For Our Residents & Our Building

Every day, this building requires attention. It is no different to the people we care for, and really what we're doing is matching the care that we aim to provide our residents in terms of their physical and emotional care with their environment.

Every day we're assessing whether a room needs to be redecorated, whether a piece of furniture is now appropriate for the residents, and often just by buying a specialized chair, we can make their lives so much easier and, at the same time, help our staff to improve the quality of the specialist dementia care Worcestershire that we're able to provide.

 

Our work is to make life at Stanfield no different to anyone's life in their own home. They try to enjoy it in their own home, and that's what we try to mirror here. We're seeking to bring happiness and joy into the lives of our residents, and indeed our staff, so that they can work happily to provide the residents with what they actually need and, more importantly, what they should be getting at this time of their life.

Making sure our building reflects what people desire to have as part of their everyday life is a big part of that. The preferences and changes of wider society are intertwined with the changes we make to our nursing home's structure, our building.

On the one hand, it's novel and fascinating to think of this. Yet it's also obvious that this should be the case.

We are caring for people. People who, up until needing to live at Stanfield Nursing Home and access our specialist dementia care Worcestershire, lived in their own way according to their wider, prescribed societal norms. To deliver the highest levels of care we have to make sure that when they come to live with us, we give them an experience that is as close to their familiar way of life as possible. Which means keeping up with changing times and continually adapting and evolving. 

Yours

Richard White

Director

If you are considering nursing home care, for yourself or a loved one, you are welcome to discuss anything with us on 01905 420459, or come and arrange to have a look around our home and gardens.

You may also like to read our previous blog on How our Worcester Care Home with Nursing Uses a Tree to Help Residents Remember.

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