What Can You Expect From a Great Care Home?
Choosing a care home can be a significant decision for many, and it should be expected that the care home you do choose provides the highest standards of care possible.
But what goes into making a great care home? In this article, we’re taking a look at exactly that.
Care home safety comes in many forms, from the training, professionalism and support offered by staff to the security of the building, maintenance of appliances, general hygiene and more. Residents should feel comfortable and safe throughout their stay, and confident that their needs are attentively looked after by a team who listen, learn and protect them from harm.
An essential safety process of any care home should be rigorous incident reporting. Accidents and near misses can provide vital information regarding how to make improvements to management processes and physical features of the building itself, so this should be taken very seriously.
The more a care home feels like a true home to residents, the more effective it can be. This should be sewn into the fabric of the building so residents can enjoy a level of freedom and independence from the very beginning. This includes aspects such as comfort, privacy, amenities, furnishing and the attitude and intuitive skill of the staff.
One way you can make a care home feel truly like home is by encouraging residents to bring in items that remind them of friends and family. This way, you can create a bridge between their old home and their current one.
From the beginning, a care home should cater to the personal needs of each resident. Carers should be communicative and supportive every step of the way. This is especially important during trying circumstances where residents, family and friends require the understanding of staff who can also provide the necessary skills and knowledge to maintain complete care at all times.
You should always know who is in charge so you know where you can turn if you need to. Managers, officials and staff will communicate concerns or ideas for improvement to each other, and keep the happiness, safety, health and comfort of all residents at the heart of everything they do. You can have the best facilities in the world, but if those facilities are being poorly managed, residents will suffer as a result.
Care home design
A truly great care home starts with a well-thought-out design. For example, a simple layout is desirable to ensure that residents can easily navigate around the building. If there are too many winding hallways, this could lead to confusion and distress. Another feature that should be baked into the design of a care home is plenty of outdoor space. Exercise and fresh air is an absolutely essential contributing factor to the health and wellbeing of care home residents, so an outdoor area with plants, benches and simple walkways is encouraged.
At Aedifice Partnership, we have experience managing many successful care home builds, including the appointment of the right designers for care home construction and maintaining the relationships which come with such projects. For further details on the services Aedifice Partnership offer, get in touch with our helpful team online or call 0800 151 0234.