Summer is here – time to open the doors and windows to the outside

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

I was running a training session in a NHS continuing care setting recently when outside of the window I witnessed one of those lovely magic moments which remind you of the good things going on in care settings for older people. A very frail older man in a wheelchair was being taken for a short stroll in the balcony garden outside the training room by a young physiotherapist. The man had a sun hat on and seemed to be relishing the one-to-one time, fresh air and sunshine. They took time to look at, pick and smell one or two spring flowers which he clasped in his hand. The physiotherapist knelt beside him chatting and smiling and the man’s face lit up when she handed him another small flower. They then headed back inside, the whole experience having probably only been about 15 minutes of precious time, but it undoubtedly had made a significant difference to this man’s wellbeing that day. “No big deal” readers might say. Surely this kind of thing is happening all the time in care homes across the country

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