A unique portrait of life at Birch Green in Skelmersdale has been created after residents were surveyed about life in the care home.
Information from The Residents Lifestyle Survey has now been collated to help plan future activity.
The survey studied six specific areas of life at the home: entertainment, themed events, family support and resident lifestyle, community links, trips out and in-house activities.
It was designed to give a snapshop of the views of residents regarding their lifestyle, to look back at their experiences and opinions, and to identify future planning needs. Visual aids were available to help residents recall past activities and events.
Results showed that entertainment at the home had been very popular, with comments including: “I’ve only been in the home a few months and looking forward to everything on offer.” When asked about the type of entertainment they would like see in future, a majority of residents said they would like to see a comedian. Themed events were also very popular, particularly those held at Christmas.
Of trips out to local attractions, the most popular was found to be Martin Mere with the Imperial War Museum second. Suggestions for future visits including a steam train ride and Liverpool’s cathedrals.
Traditional activities within the home also scored highly, with the most popular activities including a quiz, time spent in the garden, shopping and sing-alongs.
Residents were also quizzed about the type of family support they had experienced, reporting back that they had enjoyed family parties within the home, a trip out with a family member or a meal.
Karen House, who led the survey, said: “I would like to thank everyone who took part in the research, which has already proven very useful.
“The results will help to shape care at Birch Green for some time to come, and it has been a useful and productive exercise for everyone.”