Within the Turner Home and its extensive landscaped gardens there are widely used facilities for recreation and leisure. The games room is popular, while the library and four spacious lounges offer comfortable areas for residents’ use. Various other forms of recreational activities are enjoyed, as well as specially arranged entertainments. Holidays and short breaks are organised by staff, the Turner Home having its own minibus, and a large tent.
Recreation and Occupation
The Home recognises the importance of recreation and employs a full time activity organiser who assesses each resident and tries to ensure they maintain any hobbies and interests they already have. On the first floor is a purpose built activities room to which residents have free access and the facilities of pool/snooker, cards, dominoes and board games etc. Staff are always available via the Key-worker system, to help those who need assistance in their recreation. As many residents as possible are taken on holiday each year. In addition long weekend and day trips are arranged throughout the year. The finance for the holidays is obtained by the fund raising efforts of the staff. There are bar facilities at the home, but the free bar paid for by the League of Friends is only open when the residents are having a “get-together” such as a birthday party.
The League of Friends of the Turner Home provides a much appreciated financial contribution to the life of the Home, especially during the innumerable fundraising activities that occur, staff and volunteers join forces to raise money.
The chefs provide three meals a day. A menu is displayed each morning, should the resident wish to order an alternative. Special diets can be provided by the kitchen staff, for example, diet, fat free, high protein, diabetic or reducing.
Laundry is completed by the staff of the home. All clothes are individualised and marked. A chiropodist visits weekly, as does a hairdresser. A local GP visits weekly attending those who are in need of treatment. The home also has the support of a consultant psycho-geriatrician who attends regular reviews.
Residents religious beliefs are recognised and accepted and efforts are made to assist those whose religious beliefs are not common to the home. The Home holds two services a week conducted by a Church of England Vicar. Service Users may attend religious services either within or outside the home as they so desire. If services are outside the home, the Service User should, if necessary and where possible, arrange for transport and accompaniment with friends or relatives. In the event of this not being possible, care staff may accompany Service Users on specific occasions if staffing levels permit.
Service Users have the right to meet clergy of their chosen denomination at any time. If required, a private room will be made available for such meetings.
The Turner home has its own Chapel of much historical importance.
Contact with Family and Friends
Service User’s family, relatives and friends are encouraged to visit the Service User regularly and maintain contact by letter or telephone when visiting is not possible. In these cases, staff will offer to assist the Service User to respond where help may be needed. Visitors will be welcomed at all reasonable times, and are asked to let the Person in Charge know of their irrival and departure from the home. For Security and Fire Safety reasons, visitors must sign the visitor’s book on each occasion.
Rules and Regulations
The rules of the Home are kept to a minimum to commensurate with the welfare and safety of the residents. Those that exist are necessary to care for a large group of men with varied characteristics and personalities. For the well being of all the residents the following guidelines have been formulated.
- No smoking is allowed in any of the residents bedrooms or corridors.
- When leaving the home for any length of time residents must let the staff know where they are going and the approximate time of return, (to comply with fire regulations).
- If a resident will not be in for a particular meal but would like one provided when he returns, he or his relative should inform the staff before leaving, because the kitchen staff leave at 5.00pm. However, it is possible to have a meal cooked and left to be heated in the microwave.
Smoking and Alcohol
The Home has a designated smoking area. With regard to alcohol. Service Users will normally make their own arrangements, but, as with smoking, may require to be supervised. There are no restrictions about the time a resident must be in at night, or what time he goes to bed. If he wishes to stay in bed late in the morning, then this is quite acceptable. Residents are encouraged to make the Turner Home their home. Families and relatives are encouraged to contribute to the care of the residents and to play an active role.