The average life expectancy is predicted to exceed 90 by 2030. As people are living and working longer, the average age of a resident entering Nightingale House, part of the Nightingale Hammerson care homes which cater for London’s Jewish community, already stands at 90 and 5pc of residents are over 100.
“Part of its success lies in its unique range of in-house care and creative therapies.”
As the cost of care rises and government funding declines, the challenge for charities such as Nightingale Hammerson becomes greater. The gap between the cost of care for older people with ever-more complex needs and the available funds is growing.
Nightingale Hammerson is a well-run and governed organisation that manages its resources to allow for the sustained provision of quality care for its older residents. It takes its responsibilities as social-care providers for older members of London’s Jewish community seriously and continues to invest appropriately and wisely in maintaining excellent standards of care in a community environment. Thanks to the generosity of the Jewish community over generations, it has built a strong and resilient organisation. It not only provides for the future of its residents, but for the future care of London’s Jewish community.
The charity is addressing increasing life expectancy and ever-increasing care needs by establishing itself as a centre of excellence for dementia and end-of-life care. Part of its success lies in its unique range of in-house care and creative therapies which make its homes stand out in the sector. Its teaching care-home model ensures that its residents receive continuity of person-centred care in their own home, which allows them to live the best life possible in their older years. Nightingale Hammerson’s dedicated therapies team has even been able to help previously immobile residents move independently.
Nightingale Hammerson is passionate about its range of in-house creative therapies, which improve the wellbeing of residents. Essential creative therapies, such as art, reading, music and drama, give residents the opportunity to re-engage with skills and hobbies they previously enjoyed. In September 2017, Nightingale House, part of Nightingale Hammerson, became the first care home in England to be recognised as a certified provider of Playlist for Life in a care setting.
The team endeavours to provide every person with access to a unique playlist of their life, which enables them to connect to memories and emotions, giving them a renewed sense of who they are, a significant achievement for those living with dementia. Identifying the most significant songs or pieces of music for a resident can also help them and their families reconnect with each other.
For more information, visit nightingalehammerson.org