Nursing Home Myths
There are a number of myths that are often heard about nursing homes, from the care that they offer, to the quality of life residents have, and everything in between. We want residents to have a better understanding of what happens when they arrive at a nursing home. So we have pulled together a number of nursing home myths to dispel.
Myth: Everyone Is Terminal
This is actually a myth. While there may be a number of residents that enter a nursing home are terminal, it is not true that all residents are terminal.
Nursing homes are in place to offer those who need a higher level of care a safe place that they can call home while receiving adequate care for their needs.
Myth: Nursing Homes Feel Clinical
At Lovett Care Nursing homes we can assure you that we remove as much of the clinical feeling as we possibly can. While there will be some clinical aspects due to the nature of the care of some residents, the home as a whole has been designed to feel like the residents home, rather than a hospital. Residents are allowed to freely roam the facilities as they wish, unlike they would do in any clinical settings.
Myth: Residents Stay In Bed All Day
We actively encourage residents to be up and about as much as they possibly can be throughout the day. Even if this is only as far as the lounge, to interact with other residents. We have daily activities in which all residents are encouraged to participate (where they possibly can).
Due to the nature of some of the resident’s conditions, it may be the case that they do spend a significant amount of time in bed, but this will be due to their condition, and where possible, we will encourage them to the communal areas.
Myth: Everything Is Controlled By Medication
Medication will play a significant part in the day to day life of many residents in a nursing home. However, these will be medications that are relating to health conditions, some of which may be the reason that they are in the nursing home.
There are a number of medications that will be required to be taken at certain times of the day, or at certain time scales from meals. This will be followed to ensure the health of the resident, but should not be seen as the resident being dictated by medication.
Each resident has the right to know the medication that they are on, and how and when it should be taken. If there is any confusion, a member of the team will be happy to discuss this with the resident or their families to ensure that no resident is left feeling controlled.
Myth: Residents Are Unable To Make Their Own Decisions
There is a preconceived notion that once residents enter nursing care, they are no longer able to make their own decisions. This is absolutely not the case. Each resident has the right to make their own decisions about their care, daily activities and even food. Ensuring that our residents have as much say about their life and daily routine is important to us and helps residents to still have as much independence as they possibly can.
If you have any questions or concerns over nursing home myths, please contact our friendly team who will be happy to dispel any myths, or to help put your mind at ease with further information. Get in touch today to discuss a visit to any of our care homes; Hilton House, Twyford House, Regency Care Centre and Charlotte House.