Meaningful activity in care home
Persley Castle is a traditionally built care home in rural Aberdeenshire. It provides residential accommodation, nursing care and support to a maximum of 40 older people. Up to five of these places may be used for adults with physical impairments.
The service aims to ensure that all its residents are encouraged to maintain as active a life as possible, and continue to enjoy pursuits and hobbies that they did before coming into the home. It employs a team of nursing, care, domestic and catering staff with varying degrees of skills, expertise and qualifications, tailored to meet the needs of its residents.
Karen Whyte, manager of the service, commented: "We're a home as opposed to an establishment. It's important to know and understand your residents - their likes, their dislikes and to know their personalities. And the longer that the residents are in the home and the staff have worked in the home, then obviously the stronger that relationship is. You need to understand your residents and what worries them. And you have to genuinely care about that so that your residents trust the staff in order for them to be able to provide the best quality care that they can."
Resident Mary said: "The people here are wonderful - we're well looked after. We're fed well. We've a lot of activities and plenty to do to keep our minds occupied. And it's great!"
Cevan, domestic carer, added: "I like working here because it's a friendly place to work and it's just like one big happy family. I think what makes it better is the residents and because it's a smaller nursing home, we can sit and spend time with the residents - one on one and have group sessions because we've got the space to do that."
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