Meal times are a perfect moment in the day for social gatherings; an opportunity for people to talk and come together. Vincent Munieza, care home manager at Freelands Croft care home in Hampshire, UK, set up a weekly breakfast club to bring together residents, care home employees –everyone from the kitchen to housekeeping and carers – and relatives, encouraging people to get to know each other better and build a sense of community.
Since the club’s set up, the social occasion has helped to build strong bonds between residents and employees. Residents at the home say they feel open to sharing their thoughts about the activities they’d like to do and how they’d like their care tailored. Their views are recorded into their diaries and taken away as actions for the team.
One of the actions which came about as a result of the breakfast club was to organise a group visit to the local garden centre. Residents love spending time exploring the different plants on show while drinking tea. It also gives the residents’ relatives a chance to join in on the activities outside the care home.
Vincent said: “The breakfast club has helped to opened doors for residents living in our care homes to feel connected with those who look after them and has helped build a culture of openness.
“The positive feedback has been overwhelming. I am pleased that a simple idea has had such a great impact for everyone within the home.”
He added: “The club has been a way to put the person first. It makes them feel like they have a say on the way they want to be cared for. We’re planning lots more activities as a result of this.”