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The Importance of Maintaining Independence as We Age

Published date: 25/10/2023 15:16


One of the main negative associations that people have with residential care homes is the potential loss of independence. But this could not be further from the truth: in fact, living in a care setting provides more opportunity for maintaining independence. The support, care and safety provided by a care home allows the resident to feel more control, and this higher self-esteem can lead to more freedom, positivity and confidence.

How Independence is Promoted in a Care Setting

B&M care homes do not simply complete every task for their residents, without empowering their own choices.  With excellent training, our care workers understand that loss of autonomy can be demoralising, and can even lead to a decline in physical and mental health. That’s why our care plans at B&M focus on maintaining independence. When you have a sense of confidence in your own abilities, even if frailty and poor health are an issue, the remaining abilities are promoted, leading to a sense of independence which is positive for wellbeing.

When promoting independence in care homes, it is important to focus on what the person can still do, and not solely what they struggle with. For example, frequent socialisation and engagement opportunities such as excursions, regular exercise, using technology to contact their loved ones, engaging in creative pursuits, choosing their meals and snacks and running errands.

Empowering Residents for Greater Independence

Gone are the days when care homes dictated every aspect of a resident's life. With advancements in care and better training for staff, modern care homes now emphasise autonomy and personal choice. Rather than taking over every task, care providers work collaboratively with residents, empowering them to make their own decisions and maintain a sense of control over their lives. This approach is essential because maintaining a sense of confidence in one's abilities, even in the face of health challenges, leads to a positive impact on overall wellbeing.

Suitable disability aids, clear signage and good lighting all help to aid movement within the care home and ensure that residents can navigate the environment comfortably. These thoughtful adjustments contribute significantly to maintaining a sense of independence.

How B&M Care Encourages and Promotes Independence

At B&M Care, we understand the importance of maintaining independence after moving into a care setting. This decision can be scary and overwhelming; however we work with our residents to build on their strengths and empower them to continue living the lives they choose, to make their own decisions and feel empowered. Our dedicated carers take away the stress that struggling with personal care can bring, and our engagement team strive to create varied opportunities for socialising, as well as fun excursions.

We take every opportunity to promote independence in our care homes, and strongly believe in empowering our residents to continue living life on their terms. With our exceptional engagement team, we provide diverse opportunities for socialising, creativity, and exciting excursions. We treat each resident as a unique individual, considering their personal preferences and life stories, and employ our Rose Model of Care, which emphasises a person-centred approach to care.

So, if you're considering a care home for your elderly relatives, take comfort in knowing that the right care setting can be a gateway to a more fulfilling and independent life.

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At B&M Care, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care while prioritising the independence and happiness of each resident. Together, we can create an environment where your loved ones can thrive, embracing their independence with dignity and joy.

For more information about B&M care homes in your area, please contact us or find your nearest home.  

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