Empowering Eileen: A Journey to Enjoying Life Beyond Bed
Eileen's journey at Heatherton House is a testament to the compassionate and person-centred care provided by the staff. Despite facing health and medical challenges that left her unable to leave her bed, Eileen's desire for social interaction and a change in her daily routine became the focal point for the dedicated team at Heatherton House.
In September 2023, Eileen entered the care of Heatherton House. From day 1 she was always socialising and engaging with the staff, an assessment was conducted with the support of an occupational therapist. The goal was clear—to fulfil Eileen's wish to get out of bed and actively participate in the communal life of the care home.
The assessment revealed challenges related to Eileen's posture, making it difficult for her to achieve her wish to leave her bed. Undeterred by these obstacles, the care worked together to find a solution. Their determination led to the decision to order a specialised chair tailored to Eileen's needs.
The acquisition of the specialised chair marked a significant milestone in Eileen's journey. The chair was designed to provide the necessary support, offering Eileen the opportunity to gradually transition from her bed and experience a change in her daily routine. The thoughtful approach exemplified the commitment of the staff to enhance Eileen's quality of life.
Eileen's resilience and the unwavering support of the Heatherton House team allowed her to join the other residents in celebrating Christmas. The festive season became a time of shared joy and camaraderie, fostering a sense of community among all residents.
Expressing her newfound appreciation for being up and about, Eileen shared, "I love being up and looking outside; it looks nice." The simple act of enjoying meals with others has become a source of happiness for Eileen, and she is gradually building connections and friendships within the community.
Eileen's journey at Heatherton House reflects the commitment to individualised care, empowerment, and creating an environment where residents can lead fulfilling lives. The collaborative efforts of the care team have not only improved Eileen's daily experiences but have also highlighted the importance of listening to residents' wishes and working together to make them a reality.
Danforth Care Homes are currently welcoming residents, If you or a loved one wish to find out more information or come along, explore the facilities, and meet the staff, you can do so by contacting the enquiry team.
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