Empowering elders: why Wessex Care homes prioritise wellbeing 

When it comes to promoting overall quality of life in older people, the importance of mental and physical well-being cannot be underestimated. As we age, we face changing challenges including declining health, adjustments in cognitive function and – all too often – increased risk of mental health issues, too.

While a lot of conventional healthcare focuses on physical health, the highest quality care also has wellbeing at the very heart of its provision. It goes further than simply extending life – it enhances the quality of a person’s later years.

Residential care homes play a crucial role in this, as they provide a home-from-home environment in which older adults can thrive both physically and mentally.

What does well-being mean for older adults?

Maintaining physical well-being is the first line of defence against medical conditions, and can play a key role in both prevention and management of chronic health problems. Regular physical activity can help to promote cardiovascular health, as well as maintain muscle mass and flexibility. In turn, this can reduce the risk of falls, as well as lessening anxiety around injuries.

Good-quality nutrition also plays a vital role in maintaining health, supporting the immune system and aiding in the management of conditions like diabetes and hypertension.

Mental well-being is as important as physical well-being. However, it’s often overlooked in older adults, despite the World Health Organisation estimating that 14% of adults aged 60 and over live with a mental disorder. This can be down to difficulty in recognising and diagnosing mental disorders by medical professionals as well as generational stigma around mental health that can dissuade seniors from seeking the help they may need.

But positive mental health is associated with improved physical health outcomes, and with older adults being susceptible to feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety, it means that mental well-being should be a key priority in residential care homes and other care settings.

How do residential care homes promote well-being?

Residential care homes have enormous power to mitigate feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety in older people, primarily through fostering a sense of community, purpose and belonging. At Wessex Care, well-being is considered a universal human right, and mental well-being comes down to treating residents – and staff – with respect, kindness and as individuals, while prioritising activities that promote well-being through socialisation and create a sense of purpose and community.

Wessex Care residential care homes also ensure seniors receive adequate mental stimulation, which is crucial for cognitive health. Activities such as puzzles, games, crafts and music sessions can also have significant positive effects on mood.

Residential care homes with nursing facilities and specialist in-house and outreach services, such as Wessex Care’s Kimberley East and West centres, also play an especially important role in promoting well-being. With access to healthcare services, medication management and professionals on hand around the clock, residential care centres can provide much valued peace of mind for both residents and their loved ones.

To find out more about Wessex Care and how it places well-being at the heart of its care, contact Wessex Care today.

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27 Tollgate Road
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 2JA

01722 322494

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27 Tollgate Road
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 2JA

01722 328315

Little Manor Care Centre

Manor Farm Road
Salisbury
Wilts
SP1 2RS

01722 341764

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Milford Manor Gardens
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 2RN

01722 338652

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30 Fowlers Road
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 2QU

01722 331130

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