Homes have always needed to be concerned about safety, security and physical wellbeing, but much more than this is as essential to a high quality of life. Historically, the focus on care as opposed to quality of life is now recognised as limited ‘institutional’ model of care and seen increasingly as very limited. Regulation has prioritised this approach of care in days gone by and much of the press that care homes have received is a result of a failure to meet these lower level needs, let alone the matters which are also extremely important to well being
We are proud of the fact that our 4 homes are registered members of the Eden Alternative Philosophies. This is a growing international care home philosophy developed by Dr Bill Thomas in the USA to address the challenges of loneliness, helplessness and boredom that can be experienced in some homes.
The anxiety of most residents in care homes is often caused by a failure to meet higher level needs which include pleasure, fun, positive relationships and seeing people as individuals, with different requirements and wishes. At Southern Healthcare we also believe that these 3 worries of old age of loneliness, boredom and helplessness are matters we can overcome and must be addressed every single day.