What do you look for in a care home?
Is it the quality of services? The amenities for the residents? Experience and reputation of the staff? Finding a care setting that ticks all the boxes can be a challenge but a major relief when everything falls into place. But don’t forget that sometimes it can be the little things that help you make that final decision, like social activities.
There are numerous benefits to craft activities within a care home setting.
- Socialisation in a fun, relaxed environment with people other than carers
- Stronger community when residents interact
- Sense of purpose
- Improved quality of life
- Renewed interest in hobbies they once loved
- Sense of independence
- Positive self-image
- Break from the regular routine
- Brightened surroundings with the finished products on display
Organising crafts for residents with lots of different ability levels, health conditions and interests can be a challenge. Here at Rusthall Lodge, our Wellbeing Team work closely with residents and their families to find out what they would like to do. They also have a few tips on how to make things a little easier:
Modifications for crafts are made to account for varying abilities. Some paintbrushes have larger handles for residents who can't grip well and for scrapbooking and collage work, which is very popular with the residents, colourful stickers can be used to simplify the process, so glue sticks which can be tricky to hold and operate aren’t required.
We also limit activities that require strong memory retrieval as these can be frustrating for some residents.
As well as one-to-one work, groups are a great option. Pairing residents with more experience or stronger physical capabilities with those who have limitations can balance things out and encourage social interactions.
One very strong element the Wellbeing Team use at Rusthall Lodge is partnering with local schools or children’s groups. The residents love working with smaller children as they too can help when crafting steps can become more challenging. It's also a great chance for the residents to socialise with a different generation.
Recently, we have introduced more interest groups, with a ‘papers and pastries’ on a Sunday morning; the chance to review the latest headlines. We like to let residents suggest ideas. After all, we are working in their home.
One area that Rusthall Lodge is excited about is the move into technology. There is no question that technology will lead to better care both on the clinical and non-clinical side. The Lodge are already trialling two very exciting technology solutions which we hope to bring you news of over the coming weeks.
It must of course be remembered that the most important thing to have in any care home setting is a dedicated team. While our Wellbeing Team plan activities and outings, every member of staff is involved in delivering meaningful moments. Our housekeeper will chat to a resident as they put the laundry away, the maintenance team will encourage a resident to help with tasks around the home, members of the management team will engage with individual residents daily while the catering team will speak to residents about food and the mood in the dining room.
It’s all about creating moments that show a resident that they’re special and that they and their opinion is valued.
Looking for a care home for you, or a loved one, to Live Your Life?
Call 01892 556 500 to arrange a visit to Rusthall Lodge Care Home
Serving Rusthall, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas in Kent and Sussex
Residential care, Nursing care, Respite care
Written on 16th July 2019