Owners urged to create suitable environments

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

Care home owners and managers could perhaps look to other models of accommodation, such as a hotel-style model, to improve the quality of life for people with dementia. Speaking at the World Alzheimer Congress, held in Washington DC in July, researcher Maggie Calkins said care homes for people with dementia were often encouraged to make the social and physical environment more like home, with personal belongings and furniture, and an attempt to accommodate individual tastes, activities and routines. “Most larger homes find it very difficult to carry this philosophy through, not least because most older people1s homes are a lot more cluttered and untidy than a care home can safely be,” Ms Calkins said. “Much more common is the scenario where a care setting calls itself home, looks like a resort or hotel and acts like a hospital (with meal and bath routines, and staff in uniform). People with dementia, not surprisingly, do not recognise this place as home; although staff say Å’This is your home now1 their pract

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