Supporting Norah’s independence
Riverdale Court in Welling has recently been accredited by The Eden Alternative which is a Philosophy of Care based on the core belief that ageing should be a continued stage of development and growth, rather than a period of decline. Norah is a perfect example of how quality of life can be maintained in a care home.
Before moving into the home Norah was already familiar with Riverdale Court as her husband had moved in two years previously. Norah would travel to the home every day to visit him - nothing would come between Norah and her visits, although it could take up a large part of her day.
Norah is an independent lady for whom age is no barrier, it was when her husband was diagnosed with dementia and moved into Riverdale Court that Norah recognised the need to have a little more support and care for herself, day to day tasks were becoming harder to achieve.
Staff had spoken to Norah about the Willow Suite at Riverdale Court, which supports and cares for older people and allows plenty of flexibility to continue with day to day life outside of the home. Norah arrived at the home in September last year and since then hasn’t looked back, she recently celebrated her 103rd birthday at the home where her family and care staff presented Norah with cards, presents and cake.
Norah said about her move to Riverdale Court, ‘I know I’ve made the right decision to move into Riverdale Court. Not only am I nearer to Vic but I also have the freedom to come and go as I please and have the luxury of someone else thinking about cooking, cleaning and washing! I love going out on my scooter, I love the fresh air! Riverdale Court allows me to have my own independence but I also know I am safe and being well looked after’.
When asked what Norah’s secret was to be so youthful at the age of 103 Norah said, ‘A good sense of humour!’
Studies show that implementation of The Eden Alternative is a powerful tool for improving quality of life and quality of care for those living in care homes. The recent accreditation at Riverdale Court is testament to the hard work of the staff ensuring all residents live a vibrant and fulfilling life at the home.