How to Keep Morale High in Care Homes
Making sure all residents are happy, and are satisfied with the care they are receiving, should be at the top of every care establishment’s concerns. Mental conditions, such as loneliness and depression, are common in the elderly and inevitably have an impact on the individual’s quality of life, so it’s crucial that all care providers implement effective measures to reduce the chance of these problems from developing.
The way the care home attempts to prevent these issues from occurring will largely depend on the specific requirements of the individual, which is why it’s essential that each resident has a comprehensive and person-centred care plan. This ensures all of their needs have been outlined, enabling carers to deliver the most beneficial care.
However, if you’re looking for some inspiration as to how you can help make sure residents within your care home remain happy and mentally healthy, please take a look below at our mini guide. We have years of experience in the care industry, and have provided some of our top tips for keeping morale high in healthcare establishments.
Take Part in Meaningful Activities
Encouraging residents to take part in meaningful activities is a key component of care. A problem many care homes experience is that their residents sometimes feel as though there is a lack of activities to keep them occupied each day. This can initially cause boredom, but could even lead to more serious health conditions, such as depression.
Participating in activities that the resident wants to join in with is likely to have a positive effect on their quality of life and boost their morale, as well as reduce the risk of social isolation, depression and loss of physical function from developing.
Carers should regularly present opportunities for the elderly to take part in their favoured activities (as highlighted in their care plan). This can include their hobbies, such as playing board games or watching TV, and arranging to meet up with family and friends.
As soon as a new resident joins the care establishment, the staff must ensure they overpower loneliness. Each person has their own reason for going to the care home (some have been forced to, and some have gone there willingly), but each have left their original homes and families, and are therefore at risk of becoming lonely or downbeat. Certain activities, such as group games or getting together, have been designed so that all residents get to know each other and can develop a sense of companionship and security.
Maintain Personal Identity
Residents within a healthcare establishment should be allowed to maintain and develop their personal identity and character, as it can make a significant difference to their self-esteem and self-confidence. All carers should show a willingness to interact with the resident, and should be viewed as an individual who has interests rather than just another resident who has entered the home.
Whenever possible, they should be involved in decision-making, should have the freedom to make their own choices, and be able to express who they are and what interests they have. This goes a long way in maintaining morale and mental wellbeing.
Some examples of how a care home can help to maintain a resident’s personal identity is to ensure that they have the independence to choose their own clothes, have their most valuable and sentimental possessions with them, and allowing them to decide where they sit at meal times. This is why it is crucial that each person’s care plan has their preferences and dislikes listed, as well as their interests.
Access to Healthcare Services
It’s not uncommon for elderly people to suffer from health conditions that are sometimes too severe and complex for the care home to cater for, which is why the care establishment must be able to provide residents with access to a full range of healthcare services if and when they need them. This includes opticians, dentists and chiropractors, as well as GPs.
Failure to recognise and act on any healthcare problems is certain to affect the wellbeing of a resident. Any changes noticed in a resident’s behaviour or attitude should be recorded and closely monitored, which can be easily accomplished with an innovative care home management solution.
Getting Started with CareDocs
The process of providing beneficial care to residents starts with making sure a comprehensive and person-centred care plan has been created. It is here that all the resident’s conditions, needs, treatments and interests are listed, and allows carers to deliver the most effective care to each resident.
If you’d like to find out more about how a care home can make use of our easy-to-use care planning process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our friendly team. We specialise in helping care homes become more efficient through the use of electronic care records and management.