Maintaining Independence in Residential Care

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One of the issues many individuals struggle with when making the choice to move to residential care is the fear of loss of their independence. Independence ensures a certain level of self-esteem, dignity and, perhaps most importantly, control. At The Cottage Nursing Home in Northampton, our elderly care and nursing care centres around ensuring our residents retain independence wherever possible, within a safe environment where support can be provided if needed.
The loss of independence feeling depressing, defeated and out of control. These feelings can, as a result, be self-fulfilling, leading to deterioration in capabilities and cognitive ability as individuals no longer have to retain the ability to care for themselves. For these reasons we find it imperative in our residential care home in Northampton that we encourage independence in those we care for, within their abilities, whether this be something simple such as maintaining their own personal hygiene or enabling participation in regular social activities.
Providing dementia care in Northampton, maintaining cognitive abilities in our residents is particularly important. With staff trained especially in providing Dementia care in our home, we are able to provide necessary support in ensuring residents are content and fulfilled while they are adequately cared for and emotionally supported. For those living with Dementia, retaining independence can be particularly difficult, which is why we undertake extreme care to assess anything that may pose as a risk in our residential care home while Dementia sufferers go about the daily activities they are able and ensure adequate preventative structures are put in place.
Independent activities can be both mental and physical, as small or as large as a person is able. As a nursing care home in Northampton that specialises in elderly care, Dementia care and palliative care, we are experienced and knowledgeable in tailoring tasks and activities to suit an individual’s ability while ensuring their safety.

Examples include:
Travelling on public transport
Talking on the phone
Writing letters to loved ones
Using the computer or sending an email
Playing games and solving puzzles
Undertaking charity/volunteer work
Making tea and refreshments for themselves
Going for walks
Participating in gently exercise
Light housework
Attending social events
Meeting with friends

Before we incorporate any activities into the daily routines or schedules of our residential care home residents, we undertake a thorough risk assessments and evaluations of each individual so activities can be tailored to their needs and wishes.

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