Choice and Independence
Our vision at Sunshine Care is to maintain people’s independence by giving them greater choice and control over the way in which their needs are met.
Care is one of the core values of our society
In our fast-moving modern world elderly people can easily feel isolated and vulnerable – family members often live counties away because of work or other commitments, and can no longer give the help and support they would wish to. And many old people can no longer rely on their neighbours for friendship and support.
Even when the family does live close by, the needs of an elderly relative can prove beyond the capabilities of the most loving and attentive relatives and friends. And, of course, in many cases an elderly person may not wish to be entirely dependent on friends and family.
It’s in these situations that Sunshine Care can provide a welcome answer, relieving pressure on the family and preserving the wellbeing and independence of the elderly person.
What should an elderly person expect from care?
Care comes in many forms. An elderly relative may simply wish for help with a few daily tasks and routines, or they may need constant full-time care. These could be provided either in their own home or at The Retreat. Talking through the options is vital. We’ll sit down with you and help you make the best and most cost-effective choice for you or for your loved one.
People’s personal needs and priorities obviusly differ, but our experience tells us that every elderly person deserves the following:
- improved health by lessening the risks of illnesses
- improved fitness and mobility through exercise such as fitness walks and armchair aerobics
- an environment in which they can achieve a better quality of life
- the feeling that they are making a positive contribution to life
- the opportunity to be involved in assessing and managing their own health and wellbeing, and in deciding how their needs can best be met
- to be able to exercise choice, and to take greater control of their lives
- freedom from discrimination or harassment
- respect for their own unique life style, for their cultural background, and for their religious and spiritual beliefs
- economic well-being and security
- personal dignity
It is our mission to meet these needs and to keep the interests of our clients paramount at all times.
In essence, we focus on the positive rather than the negative aspects of old age. Our residents may be frail, they may suffer disability or mental health problems, but it’s our mission to provide them with rewarding and enjoyable lives in which they feel they have retained their independence and personal dignity.