Many of our care homes are fitted with some impressive and advanced pieces of technology and features – from remote controlled bariatric nursing beds through to sensor operated hand sanitiser dispensers, and we love hearing how our products make your work easier and help your residents to feel happier and more comfortable.
Indeed, more care homes are going the ‘extra mile’ to improve the wellbeing of their residents, but few can boast the effort of Awel Towi care home in Carmarthenshire, South West Wales. What has Awel Towi done differently? Well, back in 2015, they really listened to what their residents wanted to improve their lives in the care home – and opened their very own on-site pub!
We can only imagine the warm and welcoming atmosphere the residents are able to enjoy as they end the day with a tipple and a gossip around the table at their own ‘local’. In this article we’ll look at the details of the Awel Towi care home pub, and the reasons for its creation, as well as a few other similar projects you may want to consider for your care home.
Awel Towi Care Home residents in Ffairfach have a little something special in their care home! A ‘pub’ has been built in the care home to give the residents a place to enjoy a drink, socialise, have a dance and a sing song. There’s no need to worry about last orders or opening times either because ‘the pub’ is just down the corridor from the residents’ rooms. Biggest fan is 84-year-old Glanville who nips down to “his local” and he has had the honour of naming the area. Glanville pops in several times a day. The former mine pit pony minder said after a hard day’s work he always went to his local for a pint. “I can even look out from the window and see horses sometimes.” #carehomes #Ffairfach #pub #social #companionship #dance #singsong #local #pint #drink
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Awel Towi’s pub opened in 2015 as staff sought to create more magical moments for residents, having asked them outright what could be done to improve their life in the home. Many residents expressed that one of the things they missed most from life before arriving at the care home was popping down the pub to chat to their friends and sink a pint or a sherry after a busy day.
The care home had previously organised trips to pubs in the local community, but staff took the suggestion on board and soon a small pub area was created right inside the home. Located just down the corridor from many of the residents’ rooms, the pub has a small bartop (complete with working pumps and optics, of course) and tables, and was kitted out with the help of local pubs and breweries. Residents are now able to enjoy their drink of choice – be it a pint of beer or a shandy, or perhaps just a fizzy lemonade, and they can enjoy a sing or a dance together too.
There’s no need for staff to check the IDs of residents, but rest assured that drinking habits are aligned with any medication the residents may be taking.
Creating special facilities onsite to give care homes more of a community feel is in itself not a new thing. Many care homes house beauty salons where residents can have their hair or nails done, or enjoy a relaxing foot spa. Some homes have been fitted out with their own tearooms where high tea is served in the afternoon, and a care home in Hampshire even has its own cinema and hotel suites for relatives that come to visit.
There are even residences that have created their own beaches at the bottom of the garden, complete with beach huts, and homes that have invested in beach huts at the seaside itself.
So, what’s the message to takeaway from all of this? Moving into residential care can be incredibly difficult for residents and their families, many of whom appreciate the community feel that these types of facilities can help create. With support from outside traders, the addition of such facilities needn’t always be expensive but can have a huge impact on the health and wellbeing of residents.
Do you have any quirky additions to your care home that help make your residents feel more relaxed? We’d love to hear about any fun facilities or unusual resident requests, so leave us a comment below.