Quality of life and dignity in care
Being close to your family member or friend is important when an individual moves into a care home. Remaining connected to their previous life and to the important people in their closer circle is critical to the wellbeing of the individual. Our care home team will help keep these connections alive.
Moving into a care home is likely to be a big change for your parent, partner, other family member, or friend, so it’s important for them to see a familiar face regularly.
To help our residents feel at home and remain connected with their previous life, we do all we can to help them to see you in the same way they did before they started living in a residential care home.
At St Barnabas we invite family and friends to come to the House as often as they wish either to visit, using our many common areas in the House, or in their own rooms, or indeed take them out to enjoy some of the delights of Southwold. Letter writing, Skype-calls and email are other ways that we encourage and assist our residents to maintain contact and connection with those they love and cherish.
We have a full timetable of events and activities that happen during the week either within the House or as special outings in the local environment, and all residents and their families are welcome to join us.
All residents can request to use the tablet in order to Skype family or friends, send personal emails. Staff will help them with this.
Pets As Therapy (PAT) is a charity, which has been at the forefront of community based Animal Assisted Therapy across the length and breadth of the UK. PAT volunteers share their time and their wonderful pets with people of all ages who may benefit from the visits at residential homes, hospitals, hospices, schools, day care centres and prisons. Volunteers with just a small amount of spare time each week work with their own pets, to bring joy, comfort and companionship to many individuals who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly animal. Find out more at petsastherapy.org.
Enhanced living through activities
Stimulation and entertainment is a crucial part of mental and physical wellbeing. We offer our residents much variety in the form of in-house entertainment or through day trips to many interesting and beautiful local areas in and around Southwold.
Entertainment is laid on weekly, such as Bingo afternoons, board games, live entertainment, sing-alongs, or simply watching TV in the communal sitting room.