Greensleeves Homes Trust is delighted to announce that Torkington House successfully completed the validation for a place on the Eden UK register of care homes. Torkington House becomes the Trust’s 10th care home to achieve Eden accreditation.
The Eden framework is an integral part of the approach to person-centred care witnessed in all of Greensleeves care homes. The Eden principles provide a framework to transform traditional approaches to care into the creation of communities where life is worth living and where older people can thrive.
The Eden Alternative demonstrates how true companionship, the opportunity to give meaningful care to older people, and the variety and spontaneity that mark an enlivened environment can succeed where pills and therapies fail. It is an antidote to loneliness, helplessness and boredom by replacing them with companionship, giving & receiving care and spontaneity & variety.
The effectiveness of the Eden philosophy was evidenced by the stories of several residents who came into Torkington House with depression or anxiety and how their lives have been positively changed. One resident who was denied to enjoy freedom in a previous care home is now able to continue his activities in the community and going to his bridge club, regaining his independence.
Other benefits of implementing the Eden principles included reduction in medication for residents, who became to enjoy much healthier and happier lives. The residents took part in a range of planned and spontaneous activities inside the home such as baking or gardening and on trips out in the community. A group of residents recently took part in a trip to Bletchley Park Museum, which was both enjoyable and educational.
Torkington House teamed up with Ladder to the Moon activity programme in order to provide the residents with creative and fund ways to live as full a life as possible. Each month, the home receives a box containing tools and instructions to create fund activities which involve residents and staff.
The staff at the home encourages residents to take part in setting up of the dining room to give the residents a sense of purpose. Two of the residents, Elizabeth and Jane, find it particularly enjoyable to fold napkins and place them around tables at lunchtime. During summer the residents at Torkington House take great pleasure in collecting the vegetables from the garden for the lunchtime meals prepared by the care home Chef. May of the residents water the plants indoors, while others look after the planters in the garden, asking staff to fill the jugs full so they can water the plants in the morning.
There is a sense of companionship being formed at Torkington House. The residents are often seen helping each other without staff involvement. Larry will come to the dining room and check that Jerry has his special cushion on his chair. When Mary calls out in the lounge, Larry is happy to push Mary in her wheelchair to the dining room. Margarita takes care of anyone sitting at her table by making sure they eat well and report to staff if she feels that one of the residents hasn’t got good appetite.
An example of one of the residents, Mary who is 101, proves that Eden principles help to lead healthier and happier lives. Before Mary arrived at Torkington House she was taking a high dose of medication. After living for a while at Torkington House, she made a decision of flushing all the medication down the toilet. Now Mary only uses a very small amount of tablets and she looks great. She is frequently seen walking around helping everyone, always ready to have a great laugh. She is admired by everyone in the home and is a great inspiration to everyone at Torkington House.