Care homes should be responsible for furnishing residents’ rooms with familiar curtains, bedspreads and furniture in an effort to make rooms less “austere and alien” according to the care minister.
Norman Lamb has commented about residents of care homes, particularly those with dementia, who often feel confused when they are thrown into a completely different environment. Coming into force in October, a new inspection regime will see care homes being assessed by the Care Quality Commission on how well they have created a sense of an individual’s home.
“The whole focus needs to be on personalising care as much as possible.
“For everyone, but particularly with dementia, it is particularly important to focus on things that are familiar and enable people to create a link back to their life before entering a care home.” Mr Lamb said.
The care minister went on to say that having your own possessions can be reassuring to...