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10th September

What is holistic nursing care? | Huntington & Langham Estate

At Huntington and Langham Estate, it’s amongst our values to take a holistic approach to the care we offer our residents. We place equal importance on treating our residents with respect as we do on creating a happy, friendly environment. Just as in holistic psychology, an approach which emphasises the ‘whole’ rather than the sum of its parts, holistic nursing care takes a ‘mind, body & soul’ approach, rather than focusing on an illness alone. Holistic nurses see the body, mind, soul and the environment as interconnected, instilling overall values of unity and humanism into the care they provide.

 

Carer and resident relationships

Holistic nursing care very much focuses on the relationship between the carer and the resident. The holistic nurse’s aim is to heal the whole person, rather than focusing solely on a problem area. This means ensuring the individual’s mental health is sound, in addition to ensuring they’re experiencing adequate social interaction, gentle physical exercise, nutrient-dense meals and time in the outdoors.

 

Holistic nurses are also encouraged to practice self-care so that they can provide high-quality care themselves, whilst taking time to understand their residents in-depth so that they can provide individualised care.

 

The mind, body, spirit and environment

An individual’s environment has an overall effect on their health. In order to experience maximum health and happiness, individuals need sufficient access to nature, as well as healthy foods and likeminded individuals with which to spend time. Encouraging residents to take up new hobbies instils a new sense of purpose, as does spirituality; all of which can be experienced through activities to develop fine motor skills, such as knitting, gentle yoga and meditation.

 

Perceiving the mind, body, spirit and environment as interconnected is key to ensuring that each of these aspects is met through everyday care and activities. Many of which can be achieved by establishing a strong, trusting relationship with residents, allowing their voices to be heard to create an effective, tailored wellness programme.

 

Individualised care

Taking a holistic approach allows carers to provide more in-depth individualised care, tailoring the care plan to the individual’s personal needs, whilst paying close attention to their quality of life. Holistic carers can help promote healing through helping individuals make the right lifestyle choices for them, whilst involving their personal beliefs in the treatment process. An individualised care approach emphasises the importance of a holistic carer and resident forming a strong relationship, in order for them to gain maximum health benefits and feelings of wellness.

 

We take pride in our holistic care approach at the Huntington and Langham Estate, always striving to meet the most intricate of individual needs. To find out more about the care we offer, please click here.

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6th June

Is residential care right for you?

If you, or a loved one, are finding it difficult to live independently, then residential care may be the best route to take for the next chapter. Not only does professional care provide residents and their families with reassurance, but it also offers a sense of security that’s often not achieved when living alone.

 

Residential care isn’t quite as all-embracing as nursing care. Whilst residents are provided with nutritious meals each day and helped with personal care, they have access to their own accommodation and en-suite bathroom. The Huntington and Langham accommodation also provides residents with television and telephone points, as well as luxurious lounges and a conservatory for socialising with others. Our carers are always onsite, willingly providing assistance with everyday tasks as and when needed; but those in residential care are, first and foremost, afforded independence.

 

Our residential care accommodation is surrounded by scenic gardens, and features an onsite bar and café. Residents are invited on regular trips out in Surrey, and have the opportunity to take part in activities that are suited to each individual’s residential care needs. These can include baking, gardening and pet therapy. Visitors are, of course, welcome, and we encourage our residents to make the most of socialising opportunities.

 

Although residential care provides the ability to live independently, it can still be difficult to make the decision as to whether this transition is the best option for your loved one. Feelings of sadness, guilt and relief are all common – but if you’re caring for a loved one and struggling to juggle this with other commitments, then it will be within both yours and their best interests to seek extra help. If you’re considering this option, take the time to speak with your loved one about how they would feel about moving into residential care. It might be worth enlisting the help of a professional carer when discussing these options if it proves to be too difficult.  

 

If you think your loved one could benefit from a little help with daily tasks, but is still able to live independently, then residential care could be an ideal long-term solution for both them and you. You’ve got nothing to lose by simply taking a look around a property, discovering everything that they have to offer. If you’d like to explore residential care in more detail, click here to speak to a member of our team.

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