A Creative Environment
One of the biggest challenges that care faces is how to use their environment creatively and provide sufficient time for staff to provide quality stimulation, fun and companionship for those they look after, that integrates activity and engagement during physical care activities.
Some of the major barriers to preventing nursing and care practices from supporting people’s social inclusion is where management and staff believe that activities are purely the role of the activity coordinator alone, and not care work, and where they do not successfully develop, harness and capitalise on bring the inside community to the outside world.
The Foundation recognising that people in care, particularly those in care homes are generally forgotten, and their voices silent or more likely to be ignored, and that, once behind those closed doors, people are mainly separated from their past abilities and lifestyles and relationships with their families, friends and their local community.
It also recognises and understands the importance of communication. This includes communication between staff and themselves when talking about those being cared for and, most importantly, conversation with the people they are looking after. Every activity should be performed with, rather than to the person receiving care and must include kind and interested interaction always.
Starting in care homes the Foundation priorities are to counterbalance the individual social isolation experienced by all in care. Through inaugurating solutions that focused on educating all staff to consciously reflect on how important and successful all aspects of staff engagement with people is, at any time in quality holistic care, and to support and connect internal and external communities for all those that delivered and received care.
For care providers, management and staff the Foundation is their greatest beneficial resource for providing our own inspirational volunteer befriending and opening links to new community partnerships to aid care’s requirements in individual levels of companionship, support, comfort and continuation of their lives for their people.