Old age: the challenge of humanity in seven nursing homes in Morbihan

Old age: the challenge of humanity in seven nursing homes in Morbihan
Old age: the challenge of humanity in seven nursing homes in Morbihan

A nursing home that lets elderly and very cognitively fragile residents, who live in a protected unit, wander around the town as they wish. The Plessala municipal nursing home (22) thus freed itself from a taboo, and shared its experience, this Tuesday, May 28, in Vannes, at a first old age forum organized by the seven nursing homes of the Brittany Hospital Group. -Atlantic (Vannes-Auray, Ploërmel, Josselin, Belle-Île-en-Mer, Malestroit and Quiberon). “We can always leave a person in their chair and put a tablet in their hands. Or you can choose to improve your quality of life, and take measured risks, as this municipal nursing home did,” underlines Erwan Privat, deputy director of the Josselin hospital and the Malestroit nursing home. The seven nursing homes have been working on their human dough for three years, focusing more on the needs of caregivers and “residents”. All “without releasing additional resources,” notes Erwan Privat. We individualize care. Reading the newspaper for 10 minutes to a resident is a treat.” “We want to respect their lifestyle habits, such as taking a shower in the evening,” adds Hélène Ruffin, coordinating executive of the geriatric center. In Vannes and Auray, we increased the presence time of caregivers in the afternoon.”

Run with others

In Quiberon, the nursing home was reorganized into districts in 2022. “We have fixed teams of six caregivers, dedicated to each district,” explains Solenn Le Guennec, health executive. The human relationship is enhanced, and caregivers are given more autonomy to create activities.” Too idyllic a picture, when caregivers complain about being called back from their days of rest? “We had problems with absenteeism, but here we have job satisfaction, and absenteeism has decreased,” she assures. In Josselin and Ploërmel, “we work on leading a life as a citizen among others,” explains Erwan Privat. Thus, the residents took the Josselinaise bib, in October, with their caregivers, who themselves came with their families. “We warmed up with the runners, and we started like everyone else,” says Geneviève, 89, who covered 2.5 km of the 6 km in the race. “Great experiences are also a factor in fostering caregiver loyalty,” concludes Laurence Derche, care coordinator in the seven nursing homes.

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