A Place to Call Home? A Review into the Quality of Life and Care of Older People living in Care Homes in Wales (November 2014)
When a resident who has dementia arrived in the dining room for lunch a care worker asked, “Elsie have you come to join us for a meal, where would you like to sit?” The resident sat in her usual chair and was introduced to the other diners by the staff member, even though she knew them all and sat with them every day. The chef came out and presented all the diners with plated meals of what was available; all condiments were on the table including gravy. The care worker asked each resident, “where would you like your gravy?” None of the residents wore an apron or protective clothing, and after the meal no one’s clothing was stained.