Results of Visit
A notice board in a communal area had some photographs of residents on it, and a poetry award was displayed.
There were also pictures on the wall of completed drawings from a colouring book.
Spending time with other people
- The majority of residents reported that staff were friendly towards them and knew them well personally, although one person felt that the staff did not come and talk to them often, and another said that certain staff members talked more regularly to some residents than others.
- Volunteers observed that, in general, the relationship between staff and residents appeared warm and friendly
Things to do
- On the day of the visit books, DVDs and videos were available for residents to use, and a number of residents reported that they enjoyed reading.
- Colouring equipment and skittles were also available, which volunteers noted appeared to be more appropriate for children.
- Residents were asked to rate the home on a scale from 1 to 10, where is one is low and ten is excellent.
- Those residents that rated the home gave it an average of 9 out of 10.
- In general the volunteers felt that residents and staff appeared to be unmotivated about the idea of doing activities at the home.
- It was felt that a clear and structured plan of activities would be beneficial, particularly for those residents who are less independent or do not have regular visits from their family.