At our care home in Exeter, our residents are at the core of everything we do, and as well as providing them with first-class care, we believe it is equally important to support them with their overall wellbeing.
We recognise that reminiscence forms a great part of our residents' wellbeing as it can be incredibly comforting and fulfilling, and helps support their sense of self.
This was recently the case when we welcomed a PAT (pets as therapy) dog to our care home. Phil spent time with the dog and it brought back fond memories of when he and his wife puppy-sat guide dogs for the blind.
We also had a reminiscence session with the ladies who had positioned themselves around the sweet treat trolley. They were talking about time spent in Exeter and one has recently had a nostalgic tour of the town looking at all the places that she has lived.
We encourage reminiscent conversations and try to evoke them as much as possible ourselves as not only is it great for our residents' wellbeing, but also helps them form and strengthen bonds with one another.
The wellbeing of our residents is very important to us and we have a variety of areas across our care home where residents can reap both the physical and mental benefits of their offering, including our sensory room, café lounge, private garden, and themed train carriage room.