Wednesday 25 April 2018

Initiative to make residential care facilities for elderly more ‘homely’ reporters

A NEW initiative designed to make residential care facilities for the elderly more homely has been launched.

Places to Flourish aims to support staff and create a new culture where older people can continue to live their lives according to their own routines in residential settings like private nursing homes and/or public voluntary care units.

Launching the initiative, Kathleen Lynch, TD said the scheme will aid the long-term care of the elderly.

“One of the key objectives of Government policy is to place the dignity, autonomy and well-being of older people at the centre of residential care,” she said.

“Today’s initiative is another important step on the road to ensuring that each nursing home resident is truly living in ‘a home from home’.

“I would like to congratulate all involved in the project for their positive contribution to the development of long-term care services for older people.”

Dr Lucia Carragher of the Netwell Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology, at the launch of the initiative at All Hallows College, Dublin, said: “This programme respects older people’s right to a home and a meaningful life connected to their families and friends.

“In practice, this could mean introducing pets, which have an overwhelmingly positive effect on any home, or having bath, meal and bedtimes that suit the person’s own lifestyle.”

“The HSE-led economically sustainable programme was developed in partnership with the the Netwell centre and the School of Nursing at the University of Ulster.

It is a primarily online resource programme which draws on local case studies, scenarios, developmental tools and facilitation techniques.

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