Supporting mental wellbeing in our home
The care industry plays a vital role in supporting the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of individuals. Mental wellbeing, in particular, has become increasingly important in recent years, with growing recognition of the impact that mental health issues can have on people and society as a whole. In this blog, we will explore why mental wellbeing is so crucial at Birchwood House and how we promote it.
Why is mental wellbeing so important?
Mental wellbeing is essential because it affects every aspect of a person’s life. Good mental health allows individuals to enjoy fulfilling relationships, pursue their interests, and contribute to society. In contrast, poor mental health can lead to isolation, difficulties in functioning, and a reduced quality of life. Within our home, where individuals may be particularly vulnerable due to illness, disability, loneliness or old age, maintaining good mental wellbeing is critical to us providing the best possible care.
Furthermore, mental wellbeing is closely linked to physical health. For example, stress and anxiety can lead to physical health problems, such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Equally, good mental health can improve physical health outcomes, such as faster recovery from illness or injury. Our team of carers need to be aware of the link between mental and physical health and we need to support them in taking steps to promote both.
So, how do we promote mental wellbeing at Birchwood House?
There are several approaches that we use. One of the most important is by creating a supportive and positive environment by encouraging social interaction, providing opportunities for physical activity, and promoting relaxation techniques such as meditation and mindfulness [Do you do this? Amongst staff?]. We support mental wellbeing by fostering a sense of community among our residents and staff. We find tasks such as group activities, games, and social events help residents and staff to connect with others and form meaningful relationships. Here at Birchwood House, we are always looking for ways to stimulate wellbeing and mental engagement.
We also ensure that all our residents receive personalised care that meets their individual needs. This might involve tailoring activities to their specific interests, preferences, and abilities or providing emotional support to help them manage any difficulties they may be experiencing.
Through our staff’s extensive training programmes, we are aware of the signs and symptoms of poor mental health which means we are prepared to offer support when needed. All of our staff also have access to a Bupa well-being site. Many people receiving care with us may be experiencing significant life changes or challenges, such as grief, loss, or illness. By providing a listening ear and offering compassionate support, we help individuals to process their emotions and work through their challenges.
Our open-door policy means that staff feel welcome to come and talk to us about any concerns they have, this communication style means we are able to support ‘our family’ with anything they need. We also conduct regular welfare meetings and risk assessments for all.
Providing a home-from-home environment
There are many ways in which we can support mental wellbeing for our residents. It’s important to create an environment that is warm and welcoming, where everyone feels safe and comfortable. But also, by providing a clean and tidy living space, with soft furnishings and personal touches such as photos and decorations, and we are very proud to be able to achieve this.
We promote mental wellbeing by creating a supportive environment, offering practical and emotional support, and provide personalised care. By prioritising mental wellbeing, we ensure that individuals receive the best possible care and support here with us.
We hope that this blog post has helped you consider some of the fantastic benefits that come with choosing Birchwood House as a care home for you or your relative. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to help and our doors are always open.