How to get the best out of your residential care home

Life in a residential care home can be just as fulfilling as independent living, if not more so. Our tips help you make the most out of your residential care home experience.

Make the move smooth

You may be surprised to hear that it’s advised to start getting the most out of your residential care home before you even move in. As you will be aware from any house moves over the years, moving home involves a great deal of change and sometimes can be stressful. To be able to settle in from the outset at one of our residential homes, it is best to make multiple visits before you move. This allows you start to get to know the staff and faces in your home, in addition to becoming familiar with the layout.

Bring home comforts

After spending a long time making your house a home, it can be difficult adjusting to your new surroundings. Barchester homes strive to offer a care home environment which is full of character and comfort, it is recommended that you bring along personal possessions such as photographs, ornaments or even small pieces of furniture. Many of our homes also accommodate small pets.

Stick to your routine

Do you have a certain routine that you have become accustomed to? If this works well for you, it doesn’t need to change when you move into a residential home. We work with you to create your care plan, taking into account your personal preferences, likes and dislikes, in addition to setting goals to encourage independence. Following a long-term routine is particularly important for dementia patients as it offers familiarity. 

Keep motivated

One of the best ways to make the most out of your residential care home and lead a fulfilled life is to take advantage of the activities provided. Barchester recognise that every individual is different and offer an exciting range of activities from day trips and visits, arts and crafts, discussion groups and gardening to complementary spa treatments. Or, is there an existing hobby which you would like to keep up? Let us know and we will do everything we can to accommodate this for you. Living in a residential home ensures that the choice which you have enjoyed throughout your life continues. 

Take advantage of nutritious food and exercise opportunities

To be able to make the most out of the social and leisure activities on offer at your residential care home, you need to be feeling your best. A balanced and nutritious diet is ensured in Barchester’s care homes. This is designed to meet your personal preferences and reflect dietary requirements, so you can spend more time enjoying yourself. Regular exercise is also an important way to keep you feeling your best and ensures that you are able to take part in life at our homes. Completing regular exercise can reduce the chances of developing: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, back pain, osteoarthritis and high blood pressure.