A place to hang your hat

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Any old place I can hang my hat is home sweet home to me ­ William Jerome, 1901 This old song conjures up an appealing image of comfort and familiarity ­ that homely, lived-in feeling. It takes only a couple of words to connect us with our feelings of home but they are not the same words and images for all of us. This is why each care home ­ in order to be a real home ­ should be unique and have its own identity. Within its walls there must be the opportunity for residents to create their own homely space, both in their private rooms and in the areas they share with others. In this article I¹m going to tease out the essentials of the first group of standards, Choice of Home (1-5), and show how you, as a manager, may achieve the stated outcomes, in other words, get the right results for residents. For what you¹re aiming to achieve, look at the outcomes under the headings of information, contract, assessment, meeting needs and trial visits. Then look at the introduction to this section and at the standard

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