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The Benefits of Care Homes - 13 Mar 2017

As part of our Hartford Care values, we pride ourselves on offering care in a comfortable, safe and happy environment. We know the move into care can be a daunting and unsettling experience, not only for the individual concerned but for family members and friends as well.

We thought we would share a series of case studies with you in the next few weeks to show the benefits of moving into care.

  • Please give a short summary of your relationship to one of our Hartford Care homes.

I am the niece of a resident of Hartford Court in Portsmouth. My aunt is 88 years old and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s after being found wandering in her local village and admitted to hospital as a result. After a brief temporary stay in a nursing home in Portsmouth which did not meet her needs (Aunt does not require nursing care) she moved into Hartford Court in September 2016.

  • Have you seen a positive change in your loved one since joining the home and in which ways has this been demonstrated?

The change in Aunt since joining Hartford Court has been dramatic. Her first few days were quite traumatic and it certainly took a while for her to settle. After all – she had left her only marital home where she had lived since 1960. Aunt had always been a ‘Fifties Housewife’. Living alone for the past four years (after her husband’s death) her family and neighbours had witnessed a gradual decline to the point where she would forget to eat, had lost a significant amount of weight and had become prey to cold callers at her home.

On admission to hospital in August 2016 Aunt was undernourished, exhausted and completely fed up with life. She repeatedly told us that she had lived too long and was ready to die.

Now that Aunt has settled at Hartford Court it is like she has a new lease of life. She takes a very full part in all the daily activities and outings including ‘Wake Up and Shake Up’, craft activities, quizzes and regular trips out. She particularly enjoys the regular visits to Portsmouth Football Clubs ‘Chimes’ and has been to a local pantomime and Portsmouth Guildhall too.

Aunt has put on weight, is warm and safe always and no longer feels vulnerable like she used to when she lived alone.

  • What are the benefits the home brings to your loved one's life and your own?

All the family genuinely feel as comfortable visiting Aunt at Hartford Court as we did her own home. The peace of mind we have knowing she is safe and well-looked after is really important.

The convenience of being able to visit at any time of the day or night allows us great flexibility in our daily lives. We know that Aunt is kept mentally stimulated and that all her needs are being met

Did you have any hesitations before putting our loved one in care? If so, have these uncertainties changed?

Making the decision to move Aunt into a care home and leaving behind her marital home and the city she had lived in since she married in 1956 was emotional and not without a lot of soul-searching. We knew in our hearts that we were doing the right thing but nonetheless, the responsibility was considerable. Now that Aunt has settled we all take great pleasure in visiting her and spending time with her at Hartford Court and we are 100% certain that the right choice has been made. Having a temporary stay in another local home as underlined though the importance of finding the right home to meet a person’s needs.

We hope this post was an interesting insight into the move to a care home and the benefits homes like Hartford Court can bring to individuals and families alike.  There will be more updates in the coming weeks. 

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