Let people make their rooms their own
Caring Times, May 2014
I have just been reading John Burton’s article ‘do residents have the right to do as they like in their own rooms?’ (CT March, 2014). I couldn’t agree with you more! I am the general manager at an Elizabeth Finn Home, The Lodge in Exeter.
I have 46 frail older people in my care. When we welcome a new resident to The Lodge it is with an (almost) unreserved agreement that the space they will own is just that. The only proviso I feel bound to make is that, should we have need to make a resident safe if they fall for instance, then we should be able to reach them quickly.
Other than that, I feel I have no right to impinge upon a person that may well have been independent for the last 75 years or so. The reason I said almost at the beginning of this paragraph is that I may have to decline the odd parrot or Victorian mahogany wardrobe!
The thought that there may be clutter, alcohol or even perish the thought, own bedding is a delight. Not to mention every knick knack and photograph going. We all understand about infection control, doing the safe thing and having a duty of care but, please managers out there, remember that each and every resident has had to make sacrifices to enter your home and the very least we can do is allow them to personalise their own space.
– Deborah Skinner The Lodge