Residents HOP to it at Silverburn

A care home in Glasgow has improved the quality of life for residents by encouraging them to help out and get more involved in everyday tasks.

Kathleen Lanagan beside Silverburn’s dignity tree which was made by residents for Dignity Day this year

Kathleen Lanagan beside Silverburn’s dignity tree which was made by residents for Dignity Day this year

Silverburn Care Home’s Helping Out Project (HOP) lets residents get involved in meaningful activities and allows them to participate in all aspects of care.

Susan Donnelly, Professional Adviser for Mental Health at the Care Inspectorate, did a piece of improvement work at the home and was impressed by the HOP.

She said: “It’s a positive initiative. I felt that it was a good way of getting residents in a care home to participate. They get to take part in health and safety meetings where they can say what they think needs improved and there have been things that residents noticed that were then addressed quite quickly.

“Another example is if someone is considering moving into the care home, one of the service users who is part of the HOP will speak to the person and the family and show them round. I think this is something that could be replicated in other care homes.”

The residents also take part in interviewing new staff, housekeeping duties, expressing opinion to be included in staff supervision and even fire tours for new staff which Silverburn Care Home Manager Carol Dale thinks makes residents feel like part of the team.

She said: “It makes them feel involved in every aspect of the home. We speak to them and ask what they want to do or what they feel they are able to do. We’ve had great feedback.

“Residents say they feel as though it gives them a purpose and a sense of accomplishment. It gives them something to do because it’s not just about an activities co-ordinator and activities, it’s about being part of the running of the care home.”