A day in the life of St Cecilia's
A typical day at St Cecilia’s is one that is filled with enjoyment, stimulation and above all, compassionate care, tailored to individual needs and wishes.
Up and about
The day shift begins at 7.30am, when a team leader and three carers will take over from the nightshift team and begin the process of getting the residents up and ready for breakfast.
That is the time when the new team will be brought up to speed with anything that has happened
overnight or since they were last on duty.
Head of Care Jo Edmond says the dressing and breakfast process is an unhurried affair, with the residents encouraged to begin their day at their own pace.
“Breakfast, like all our meals, is very much
prepared to suit individual tastes,” she says. “Some residents like to eat breakfast in the dining room with the others whilst some prefer it in their rooms.”
Mornings are typically the time when nurse or GP appointments take place. Some residents might go out to their doctor or others will see them at the home. A hairdresser or chiropodist might call. It can also be a time when some relatives come to visit or take a resident for a trip out.
There is always a mid-morning coffee break for those at the home.
Lunch — main meal of the day
Lunch begins at around 12.30pm and is the residents’ main meal of the day.
Chef Duncan Cammish is highly skilled in preparing tasty and nutritious food that caters for all tastes, particularly those who have difficulty eating.
Lunchtime is a very sociable time, an opportunity for all the residents to enjoy some time together with the care team.
“Mealtimes, particularly lunch, are one of the times the residents look forward to and we try to make them as enjoyable as possible,” adds Jo.
Afternoon is fun time. Former carer Pat Flint comes in regularly for a sing-song or a game of cards or dominoes. The residents also love a theme day, when Pat will lead a chat about poetry or a period of history.
Fun time in the afternoon
Visiting entertainers and theatre groups will also come some afternoons to provide a variety of music and entertainment.
Afternoons are also an opportunity for the residents to enjoy some one-to-one time with the carers.
“That can be anything from looking through a book, enjoying a chat or joining in with a singalong CD—anything to stimulate the residents and provide some enjoyment during the afternoon,” said Jo.
“In the summer months, about once a month, we might take a group out for a little drive or afternoon tea somewhere.
“It is also the time when our aromatherapist calls. There is usually something going on, or we have the sensory room if one or more residents want to enjoy some relaxing time in there, with some music.”
Between lunch and tea time, there will be afternoon tea, served in the lounge or in the garden on warm sunny days.
With lunch the main meal of the day, tea is a lighter meal—a sandwich, beans on toast, for example, and a small dessert, again made according to specific tastes and diets.
And time for bed ...
Like getting up and breakfast time, bed time is again a staggered affair, with some residents ready for bed early others staying up later.
After supper (a hot milky drink and a dip in “the chocolate tin”), the residents will
gradually get off to bed.
“All our shifts are busy and night-time is no exception,” says Jo. “It is the time when we get all the things done that we can’t do during the day, like a mountain of laundry, ironing, cleaning the communal areas and paper work,” she adds. “We do rounds every two hours to check every resident in turn. Depending on what they need, those rounds can take more than an hour at a time.”
That takes us through to the morning, when another day at St Cecilia’s can begin...
Last updated on 09 September 2015.
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