23 April 2024

Langtree’s Household Model of Care

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The household model of care is an innovative approach that creates a homelike environment for its residents. The key principles involve enabling resident autonomy, creating smaller-scale living environments, a person-centred approach, empowering staff and the implementation of meaningful activities within a daily routine.

Research shows that the model improves the quality of life by creating a setting that resembles a home rather than a traditional and institutionalised setting. This helps residents feel more secure and engaged.

A purpose-built layout aligned with the approach enhances social interaction among residents and staff and creates a sense of community within the home, reducing feelings of isolation. Autonomy provided to the residents gives them greater control from altering daily routines to meal planning and suggesting activities!

The household model of care is derived from the Hogeweyk model of care, a way of care introduced in the Netherlands following an innovative and disruptive vision of living and caring for people with dementia.

The approach deinstitutionalises the traditional nursing home to emancipate people living with dementia, much the same as the household model of care, wanting residents to achieve independent living as the concepts support unique needs, lifestyles and preferences while putting focus on possibilities not disabilities!

An approach which is helping residents to thrive at Langtree’s sister home, Worthington Lake, the household model has been adopted with flying colours which leads to successful care and well-being outcomes.

And it’s not just the residents that benefit from the environment, research suggests that staff satisfaction is also improved which is evident in the home as it boasted a retention rate of 98% in 2023, 69% higher than the industry average.

“On a personal note, our dad is doing much better since he arrived here, he has put on weight, his speech has improved and it is very reassuring he is in such a safe, well-cared-for and stimulating environment. It is the best decision we have made for him.”

A family member of a resident at Worthington Lake

Langtree’s design ensures the household model can be fully integrated into the home, without a purpose-built build the approach can be hard to achieve.

The home will be divided into six clustered living sections that utilise open spaces, and spatial orientation with wayfinding along short corridors all leading to communal spaces.

Like Worthington Lake, Langtree will be centred around the kitchen, enhancing mealtime experiences, and giving residents the chance to contribute to an important time of day as they would in their normal daily routine.

With a flat organisational structure, which simply means there is no hierarchy, staff contribute to a deinstitutionalised setting by not wearing uniforms and all contributing to meaningful activities, giving them the opportunities to build strong relationships and provide amazing person-centred care.

The household model of care is a revolutionary approach that Millennium has seen the benefits first-hand already, Langtree Care Home and the Standish Care Village will allow residents to age with vibrancy.

For more information on Langtree Care Home please click here.

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