Katherine Foley, at Care UK’s Prince George House care home, shares advice for families wanting to help their older relatives get the most out of each day

We all know that keeping active and continuing to do normal everyday activities is essential. Not only does it provide a routine and purpose, but it helps to improve self-confidence and maintain independence for longer.

We put this independent living philosophy
and activity based care (ABC) at the heart of all of our Care UK Suffolk homes. With facilities such as kitchen areas where residents can bake, a beauty and hair salon at every home, raised flower beds for those who enjoy gardening, a cinema room and coffee shop.

It’s not only what’s inside that is important, spending time outside, even if it’s just a walk round the garden, holds many sensory benefits for those living with dementia.

We encourage residents and relatives to reminisce as it can be a comfort, especially for those living with dementia. At all our homes, we support residents to create personalised memory boxes as well as having objects, pictures and rummage boxes throughout the home which help to spark memories.

We offer a range of advice on dementia and planning care for the future, look out for Care UK’s free community events across Suffolk.

Katherine Foley was appointed home manager at Prince George House when it opened in Ipswich in March 2015 and recently won a Care UK Residential Care Services award for ‘Outstanding Leadership’.

Find out more about your nearest care home and download a free copy of the ‘As Easy as ABC’ guide by visiting www.careuk.com/Suffolk