Transitioning from life at home to life in a care home can be very difficult for residents, with broken routines making it extremely disorientating. This is one of the reasons we believe in keeping life as normal as possible at Fairdene Lodge; this, and maintaining a high quality of life for everyone in our care. This means tailoring our schedules and entertainment to residents, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
For example, say a resident used to enjoy a wander to the local shop to get the paper in the mornings. This is something that makes them feel independent, and they enjoy taking in their surroundings and getting a bit of exercise. It’s therefore our job to accommodate this part of their routine as much as possible, and ensure they’re free to carry it on as part of life at Fairdene if it’s safe to do so. We ensure we get to know things like what time they get up, what they like to eat, and what they prefer to be called, so we can make them feel at comfortable and at home.
This attitude is applied to visiting times too. We have an open door policy, which means residents are free to receive visitors whenever it suits them, just as they would at home. This includes meal times – eating with family and friends is a treasured part of life, and one that we believe can continue for residents in our Sussex care home.
If you’d like to know more about the ways in which we make Fairdene Lodge a home from home, get in touch with us here.