Care Home Therapy at Nightingale House
When coming into a care home it is important to keep up skills of looking after yourself and to remain active. The in house Therapy team at Nightingale House, which is made up of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and a Moving & Handling Adviser, are there to help build a routine, maintain confidence in our abilities and offer a wide variety of treatment interventions.
The team take a person centred approach to enable each resident to reach their maximum potential, respecting choices and preferences. They provide treatment for a range of medical conditions and can often find ways to help you be more independent.
The therapists will offer you an assessment shortly after arrival and decide your treatment plan with you. They may be able to help you with improving your functional ability as well as offering various aids and equipment, techniques and strategies.
There are regular exercise groups on offer as well as individual sessions both in the department and on the units. The Therapy team can offer education and advice to residents and their relatives in supporting care, management and treatment.
Activities & Reminiscence
Our residents living with dementia are also able to participate in an array of activities at the Home, particularly those involving music and art, the benefits of which are well researched and documented.
Reminiscence can also be a valuable tool for engaging with residents living with dementia and our reminiscence areas are full of books, records, furniture and memorabilia that offer comfort to our residents. This activity can often inspire storytelling and trigger memories. The Activities Team also uses cooking as a reminiscence tool in our purpose-built reminiscence kitchens.
The Namaste care programme is a very special sensory based care programme that integrates compassionate nursing care with individual activities for people living with advanced dementia towards the end of their life. "Namaste" is an Indian greeting which means “to honour the spirit within”.
Namaste Care increases the length of time that care staff spend engaging and connecting with residents with advanced dementia and provide a possible solution to the problems associated with improving such residents’ quality of life. The program offers simple and practical ways for care staff to provide holistic end-of-life care for people with advanced dementia. With compassion, sensitivity and creativity, the Namaste care program affirms the individuality and enduring spirit of each person through comforting and meaningful sensory – based experiences.