The Foundation will actively prevent staff leaving any people in their care at risk from dehydration, or subjecting them to unsafe and personally undignified choices and contact that are adversely impacting on the value, safety, wellbeing and self-worth of any individual person in their care.
Whilst management and staff may acknowledge that many of the people in their care have diagnosed complex health conditions, in the main, they rarely focus on the early signs and possible contributory factors that enhance resident’s symptoms and illnesses.
The Foundation focuses management and staff’s on preventative measures of Holistic Kindness in Care practices, to understand people who cannot communicate easily and to mediate all the difficulties people needing supportive care, and those with complex health conditions, experience.
Our Policies look at all aspects of care. Particularly including nutrition,to help staff understand the rationale behind people’s difficulties, and why, when they are hungry that people will not eat at all, or turn down, or do not finish their food.
We look to shape and encourage new and improved nutritional and varied menus, meal experiences and better alternative choices and ways to motivate people’s involvement in their own meal preparation, and in stimulating poor appetites when people’s health conditions do not recognise food.
Good care happens when management and staff reliably recognise and use mealtimes as a valuable opportunity for introducing conversations that benefit the social interaction and wellbeing of all their people and where management and staff actively take the opportunity to sensitively socialise during mealtimes, which encourages everyone to enjoy good food and company.
Good care is where people anticipate meals and mealtimes; want to eat; to join in with conversations; to feel relaxed and take their time because of the whole pleasing and comfortable experience, and where mealtimes never become just another fixed inflexible routine, and lends to vented frustrations, and with more than just food being wasted.
When people are old, ill confused and frightened the greatest gift any management and staff in care services, particularly those in care home, can bestow, is for people to be valued and cared with the highest degree of professional empathy, dignity respect and kindness.
If staff are poorly trained, supervised, supported, have poor communications skills, are part of a closed culture where ideas are discouraged, people’s individual needs will be sacrificed for the smooth running of a care group.
The Foundation distances itself from Institutionalised care and will only support holistic care that displays a high degree of team work’s knowledge of people’s likes, dislikes, cultural and spiritual preferences, and where people in care are timely turned, changed and comfortable in their beds or chairs and are never left in wet or soiled attire, or are at risk of infections because they have not received sufficient fluids.
We support care where management and staff actively and sensitively encourage people to frequently drink and recognise that those who are at risk of dehydration are sufficiently monitored; where people are never left too long alone, without sufficient fluids.
We strongly promote that the dignity of all those being cared for must be rigorously protected at all times. This includes attention to people’s personal hygiene and to their dress, and to their need for privacy, confidentiality and access to outside welfare facilities, services and other organisations.
People in care should never be ignored to the extent that they lose their self-respect when they soil or wet themselves because their calls for help or attention are ignored. Such calls should always be answered promptly.
The Foundation centres it support mechanism on tasking care. Holistic Kindness in Care that provides practical training support, skills, competences, honest mechanisms and systems that audits and validates a true presence and level of assistance of personal care, frequent visits and careful monitoring of those who are especially assigned to their own beds all day, every day.
It builds confidence and pride in staff to be proactive and positive in people’s choices, independence and stimulation, and integrity in management to invest in the basic needs of humane holistic care, the kindness trust safety and consistency in the services they provide.
It aims for outstanding care where there is a sympathetic, sensitive and understanding comprehension of people’s wishes and needs, their health conditions, learning difficulties or any other differential “stigma” that is placed on them, or associated with a name that they are given in society.
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