Thanks to the insightful commentary from some industry giants, we share a glimpse into a fulfilling lifestyle within a care home.

As individuals journey through the various stages of life, the notion of a fulfilling and vibrant lifestyle should remain constant, irrespective of age or circumstance. Care homes have undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. Today, they offer more than just medical assistance; they provide a holistic and engaging environment, that fosters a truly enriching lifestyle for their residents.

Creating a home away from home is essential in ensuring residents are comfortable and, with an increasing amount of modern care homes shifting their focus from being mere facilities to becoming warm, inviting communities, this is becoming easier. In order to create a homely haven, carefully curated interiors, cosy communal spaces, and personalised living arrangements should be considered, to create an ambiance that resonates with a sense of belonging and comfort.

In order to create that feeling of ‘home’, and ensuring the adjustment is seamless for new residents, keeping up with elements of routine is key. For example, many of the older generation are used to receiving a regular daily or weekly newspaper to keep up-to-date with happenings.

Famileo are a brand who aim to improve the quality of life of care home residents, by making them feel as included by, and connected to their families as possible. Nadine Callcutt, Head of UK Communications at Famileo, explained: “We do this by automatically converting residents’ family’s uploaded photos and messages into a large font, colour printed newspaper that they receive weekly or fortnightly.

“By bridging the digital divide, and making it as easy as possible for family members to share news online and for care homes to distribute it in ‘hard copy’, residents can receive regular updates, photos and well wishes from the whole family, near and far.”

Keeping up-to-date with current events through a regular newspaper can massively enhance the wellbeing and overall quality of life of an individual in a care home, and the team at Famileo are understanding more and more the negative effects of social isolation on health and wellbeing.

As families share more and more of their news online, via social messaging apps, older generations risk missing out and being further isolated. By regularly providing residents with a printed family newspaper, the format that they are most familiar with, they stay ‘in the loop’ and feel connected, appreciated and empowered. Nadine explained the positive benefits Famileo has had so far, as she commented: “This in turn has a positive impact on their relationships (with both their family and care staff), their motivation, resilience and general health and wellbeing.”

An essential aspect of the lifestyle in care homes is the emphasis on active aging. Engaging activities and programs, tailored to residents’ interests and abilities, contribute to their physical, mental and emotional well-being. Regular exercise classes, art workshops, gardening and even tech-savvy clubs ensure that residents continue to explore their passions and maintain a sense of purpose.

Along with this, human connections play a pivotal role in the lives of care home residents. These communities offer numerous opportunities for residents to build and nurture relationships. Communal dining experiences, social events and outings create a sense of camaraderie that alleviates feelings of isolation. Friendships formed in care homes often become a source of comfort and joy for residents, enriching their lives in meaningful ways.

With the culinary aspect of care home living having evolved significantly, there is now a greater focus than ever before on providing balanced and appetising meals. Nutritional needs should be carefully considered, and dietary restrictions accommodated, while offering a variety of delicious options. Investing time and money in not only your chefs, but also your produce can help to boast restaurant-style dining experiences, where residents are able to savour gourmet meals, making for a much more enjoyable meal time.

apetito note how good nutrition and hydration play a critical role in the health and wellbeing of care home residents. However, ensuring residents receive the necessary nutrition and hydration is not always easy, especially when catering for residents with specialist nutrition dietary requirements.

In line with this, apetito have launched a new free guide, which is packed with useful information and guidance for care homes, looking at best practice on catering for residents with dysphagia, dementia, and allergies, whilst maintaining high quality, delicious mealtimes.

The Guide to Catering for Specialist Diets in your Care Home also explores how Nightingale Hall, a 40-bed care home, made serving residents safe, nutritious, specialist nutrition meals straightforward and achieved remarkable results.

Richard Woodward, General Manager for Care Homes, said the guide has been developed to give homes helpful advice and support.

“As a market leader in specialist nutritional meals, we want to use this guide to share the knowledge and expertise we’ve developed since the launch of our first texture modified range, over 13 years ago.

“We know catering for residents with specialist nutrition requirements can be a real challenge for care homes.

“This guide has been created to help you, and your care home, ensure residents with special dietary requirements are enjoying high-quality, tasty meals, whilst still getting the nutrition and hydration they need.”

It’s apparent that the lifestyle in care homes has evolved from a stereotype of institutionalised living to a dynamic, fulfilling experience that champions holistic well-being, social connections, and personal growth. As society continues to recognise the value of senior citizens and their vibrant contributions, care homes stand as a testament to the commitment to providing a life worth living.