Care home ‘is’ a community

It’s been said that the care home is a curious hybrid: called a home, but not like the homes we all live in normally.

A person-centred approach to managing the home will make it homely in all the ways that promote independence, support self-respect and wellbeing, and ensure the dignity of every individual. This means, above all, that you must know what your residents want from their daily lives, and the extent to which you are supporting it.

At the same time, the home is a community of individuals who can derive support from knowing each other. As in any community, people will have very varied interests and skills. Encourage people to maintain, or recover their personal preferences by offering a wide range of services.

Checklist for owners and managers

Know your residents:

All the staff can make a difference: