Retirement homes and caring for the elderly have been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. Numerous cases of negligence and abuse in retirement homes have been unearthed which give them a pretty bad reputation. However, there are numerous good nursing homes where the staff really care for the elderly and have even developed revolutionary dementia-friendly models that can make a difference.
As you may already know, many of the residents in nursing homes suffer from dementia. They are unable to perform daily functions and can’t live without assistance. Some of these people may also be sensitive to sights and sounds which means they should be treated with care. Putting such a sick person in a bad retirement home will drastically harm their progress. However, putting them in a good home with excellent staff can help them live their life with dignity.
The Old Vicarage nursing home is one such establishment. It works on the so-called Butterfly Model of Care which is focused on the emotions of the patients. In order to make the residents fall asleep easier, the staff wears pajamas every night. The unique approach is working wonders – when the patients see the staff wearing pajamas, they don’t need to be persuaded to go to sleep.
It’s not the first time the staff at Old Vicarage has used visual cues to help patients do their activities. For example, a cardboard figure of a man brushing his teeth reminds the of the importance of brushing their teeth regularly. There’s a wallpaper of a lady washing her hands that reminds them to always wash their hands after going to the bathroom. Wearing pajamas to encourage the patients to sleep is the latest in line and quite the genuine idea.
Kamal Sadiqqi, the owner of the nursing home, says that the no-uniform policy helps the staff and patients communicate easier. He hopes that the model will get adopted by other nursing homes as well which should help with the bad reputation in the media.