Let’s not be too tidy

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

Have you noticed how incredibly tidy a lot of care homes look these days? Whether this is because of particularly efficient domestic staff, very “house proud” managers or requirements of health and safety, I am not totally convinced it helps those of us who are trying to create stimulating and interesting environments for residents. How many activity organisers have left out pictures or board games or reminiscence objects on a table in the hope that they might be picked up by residents or staff as a prompt for conversation or time spent together, only to find that they have been whisked away back into an inaccessible cupboard never to be enjoyed by anyone? When working with residents with dementia in particular, it is vital to consider the impact of the physical and social environment on people’s wellbeing. The Dementia Services Development Centre in Stirling has taken a particular lead on offering guidance in this area for those who would like to consider this further (see details at the end of this article)

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