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Our friends at the International Longevity Centre are currently running a consultation on the care home of the future - and since quite a few of us have had to look at care homes for our relatives, we thought it would be fun to have a thread for bright ideas for what your ideal care home would look like.
Residents' gathering rooms where chairs are not llned up around the walls,and elderly people do not all need to sit on waterproof upholstery or upright wing chairs. Some cosy sofas and armchairs, headphones for those of us who want to listen to the Rolling Stones, and pleeeeeaaaase....no singalong sessions of 'Roll out the Barrel' and other world war two songs. Wrong generation!
The gardens would have raised beds of herbs and veg, lovely scented flowers, pergolas with grapevines and wisteria, an area for boules and chess, where we could sit and put the world to rights. Glasses of wine offered round whilst we are relaxing.
The menu woud be adventurous, with the odd traditional meal on offer. The chef would cook requests, not just what the majority want.
Art and culture classes or gatherings for those who want to participate. 'Show and tell' sessions so residents could talk about their lives and interests, if they wanted to. Rides out in the countryside or to the beach for some fresh air, lunch out, the odd concert or cinema trip. Film room for residents who love to take in a good film without being disturbed. Craft room where residents could share their old skills.
Permanent staff, and some on bank who know the home, not strangers from an agency who don't know what's in the records about the residents' likes, dislikes, needs and health issues.
Spur of the moment, unnanounced inspections. Mandatory training to be completed by all staff, tailored to the needs of the elderly, infirm and vulnerable. Volunteers to visit thise residents who are lonely, pets visiting, children encouraged to come in and not have to be quiet. Pets living there that residents can help to care for.
Residents can be taken to visit their homes if they wish, or enabled to spend one or two days with relatives where feasible. Put-u-up beds for family wanting to sty close durng illness or when residents are dying.
Freedom to send for takeaway meals, have your mates round for lunch, have a lie-in without cleaners coming in your room to change the bedding.
Don't know how anyone would make that lot work! Costs should have a ceiling with sliding scales of payment.
Lots of trips out...to real places not places deemed suitable for grannies. So if the chippendales or similar are coming and grannies want to go it can be arranged ......just a suggestion not saying I'd go lol
I cringed at Lesley Joseph's attempts to lead a singalong of 'Don't Dilly Dally on the way' typical of the patronising attitude to older people. My ex is now in care home(mobility problems).He used to sing (baritone) solos ,opera,oratorio,lieder to professional standard.He plays his own CDs in his room but won't go near the communal gatherings.
individual flats with own front doors which lock and adjustable heating internet access in every room a cafe a pub a swimming pool spa restaurant qualified staff 24 hours per day in a recognisable livery/uniform a programme of seminars and educational programmes (optional) tai chi minibus crochet lawn golf course (9 holes will do) tennis courts badmington courts exercise studio gardens or a sun terrace accessible from every room art studio
Carry on with the fantasies, everyone - if GNHQ want to influence the creation of future care homes, maybe we'll be willing to forsake our 'massive, empty homes' and go to live in these little paradise homes
A Jacuzzi Coffee bar Licenced bar -open all hours Escorted trips to local pub. Massage and other therapies ,beauty treatments available on site. Visits from animals Visits from local children,musicians etc. A swing in the garden. Really,comfortable recliner chairs Local dress shops/Oxfam bring in good quality clothes to have a dressing-up session Instruction /support in IT skills at all levels
Engines and things for the old gents (and any old ladies who want to) to tinker with.
Young gents for the old ladies to tinker with (if required lol) but no young ladies for old men cos that would just be pervy. Oh I love double standards
Exciting acts visiting not primary school choirs. They're cute at Christmas but excrutiating at any other time unless you have a child/grandchild taking part. Instead something like the Bobcats or Memphis Belle Orchestra or any other singer/band we think are good enough to entertain us. Circus acts like acrobats and fire eaters. Snake charmers.
Granny outings to big events like the Castle Howard Last Night at the Proms where we can take over the best areas and no one can move us because we're grannies.
Having staff remember that our bodies might be getting on a bit but our minds are still only 20.
No budgies or canaries unless to feed someone's pet cat.