The move from home to care home is understandably difficult for many older adults, so what can be done to make the process less daunting?
As the average life expectancy continues to rise, so does the number of older adults entering care homes. In fact, there are over 421,000 people aged 65 or over living in residential care homes in the UK. For people aged 85 and over, those living in care homes make up 14.8% of the population.
Not only are more people entering care homes, but they are also staying for longer. Age UK reports that more than a quarter (27%) of residents have lived in their care home for three years or more.
Needless to say, making the decision to move into a care home can be a difficult one for residents and family alike. It isn’t easy for older adults to get used to new surroundings, faces and routines, but there are measures which can be taken to make the change as smooth as possible.
Let’s take a closer look at what both residents and care home providers can do to ensure what’s being offered truly is a home away from home.
What can residents and family do?
There is plenty that residents themselves can do to feel more comfortable in their new surroundings. Encouraging residents to put some of these factors into practice can help them to not just feel more comfortable, but also more independent.
Residents should be encouraged to bring their own home comforts with them to the care home, like photographs, music and even soft furnishings like cushions, in order to add some familiarity to the space.
In this image featuring YTM’s Charles seating, we can see how home comforts can make a space feel more like a well-loved environment. Books and ornaments bring warmth to this attractive reading nook.
One of the biggest challenges facing older adults entering a care home, especially for those with dementia, is being able to navigate the space and get their bearings. For residents, reaching out to staff for help is essential. Residents should also stay connected to relatives, staff and fellow residents. Loneliness is one of the most prevalent issues affecting older adults in the UK, so reaching out to residents and encouraging them to reach out to others is key.
What can care home providers do?
Allowing and encouraging residents to put these measures into practice is just one way care home providers can help older adults feel more settled in their new surroundings.
As experts in care home furniture, here at YTM we’ve seen the power of great design in creating a welcoming environment that makes residents happy and content. A positive, pleasant and comfortable setting is much easier for residents to accept than one that is tired or feels like a clinic. That’s why we believe care home residents deserve hotel-standard luxury when it comes to design, as evident in our new Care Collection.
Our Ackworth Plus furniture family uses earthy tones and sleek lines to stay stylish while still meeting the demands of care residents who may struggle with daily tasks like getting into and out of bed.
A splash of colour can help make a space feel homely and inviting, as evident here with the Abbey family.
Sometimes simplicity is the best way to create a pleasant environment here. Our Helidor furniture family puts this into practice, boasting clean lines and neutral tones with metallic handles for a modern twist.
The Oslo furniture used in this communal area creates an instant sense of home comfort, using colour and pattern to make the space more exciting.
Communal dining is a chance for residents to socialise and form friendships, so a strong design is vital. Here, the Heritage family of seating creates a setting which is at once contemporary and calming.
Could your care home benefit from fresh contract furniture solutions? Then contact YTM today and let’s start a conversation. Call us on 01977 66 50 50 or leave an enquiry by clicking here.