At Aperee, we encourage an attitude that enables staff to empathise, listen to and learn from the life experiences of our residents. This attitude underpins the delivery of care at Aperee to enhance the quality of life not only for residents and their families, but for staff too.
Quality of life refers to how well we live and at a minimum includes participation in daily living as well as reward and happiness in life. Successful ageing is determined by quality of life – if we believe that we have a good quality of life (and that is different for everyone) our old age is more positive and healthy. At Aperee, we strive to ensure that every resident enjoys a good quality of life through providing them with everything they need to be safe, comfortable and engaged.
Aperee takes great pride in the expert, multi-cultural and compassionate nursing team led by the Director of Nursing in each home and supported by the Director of Care, Quality and Standards. Nurses are selected for their expertise and a demonstrated desire to work with older adults. At Aperee we celebrate diversity and cherish the richness of the collective experiences and education that our nursing and support teams bring to their work.
The Aperee nursing team regard frailty and old age as a natural life experience. This understanding requires us to have resident experience and quality of life as our primary consideration. Each resident that trusts us with their care is an expert in how they feel and how they deal with their own health and mobility issues. The Aperee nursing team take this into account in the context of their own clinical expertise when working with residents and their families/carers, to develop a plan of care which is centred on each residents choices, ability and quality of life.
Nursing care is delivered in a compassionate, human and person centred way. The delivery of person centred care has a significant impact on quality of life for residents. It is a way of thinking and doing things that sees the resident as an equal partner in planning, developing and monitoring their own care to ensure the care provided meets their needs.
Person centred care means putting residents and their families/carers at the centre of decisions and seeing them as experts working alongside the Aperee clinical team to get the best outcome they desire, ensuring that at all times the Resident makes their own choices in the care and services they receive. Person centred care is not just about giving people whatever they want or simply providing information. It is about considering the residents’ desires, values, family situation, social circumstances, abilities and lifestyles.
Person centred care ensures residents dignity, compassion and respect. It offers coordinated and personalised care, support and treatment. Person centred care supports residents to recognise and develop their own strengths and abilities in order to enable them to live an independent and fulfilling life to the extent that their abilities enable, whilst maximising the residents social connectivity and engagement.
Aperee offers respite care in all its Homes providing a safe transition from hospital to home, or providing long term caregivers with short term support in the provision of care for a loved one.
Respite care is short term care (usually one to two weeks, but more if necessary) that enables a person to transition from an acute hospital setting to their own home in a phased and supported manner. It is also a service that provides care givers with relief by temporarily taking over caregiving duties. This allows the primary caregiver some time to rest and recuperate in the knowledge that their loved one is being well looked after. Primary caregivers can then continue providing care refreshed and with renewed energy and interest.
There are many different types of dementia. The two most common types are Alzeimher’s disease and vascular dementia. People with dementia have unique and complex needs. A person with Dementia faces the challenge of changes in how they remember, think, communicate and do everyday things. Aperee’s team of professionally trained staff are skilled in understanding the challenges and dilemmas that having dementia poses to the individual and their families.
Most dementias are progressive and early symptoms such as short term memory loss, can change as the illness progresses. At Aperee, we are experienced and knowledgeable in helping residents and their families/carers cope with behaviours that might otherwise be considered as challenging.
All Aperee homes are dementia friendly. Our qualified and trained staff have a clear understanding that people with dementia can become easily frightened and can get lost even in familiar surroundings. At Aperee we understand the importance of social interaction and meaningful activities for residents with dementia.