The Salvation Army currently provides over 460 beds in its care homes for older people, including two homes in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland. It’s thanks to the generosity of the public, that people like Vera in Coventry can live a full, abundant, love-filled life that also cares for her spiritual needs.
Vera, who lives with dementia, has resided in the Youell Court Care Home for the last four years. The centre offers specialist care accredited by Dementia Care Matters where staff use conversation, music, singing, group activities, spiritual reflection and worship to create a loving and supportive home.
Her daughter, Susan, who visits regularly, says: “There’s lots of fun and laughter and there’s a huge amount of affection. Mum was a farmer’s wife who got on with the job and was dead practical. She had lots of friends and a lovely social life and to see her enjoying herself is just beautiful, it’s lovely.”
The centre has abolished staff uniforms, created cosy home environments, and implemented a more relaxed schedule of activities and events, with staff training being the biggest investment of time. The care home is decorated in vibrant colours, with familiar settings such as a post office and a traditionally old-fashioned small shop.
Susan added: “The staff are so natural, they just seem to love people. There’s an ethos and a value that people in The Salvation Army have, which is full of warmth and love and care.”