Promoting independence: How we help our residents maintain their autonomy at Crouched Friars

At Crouched Friars, we believe that having autonomy is essential to live a dignified and fulfilling life. That’s why we’re committed to ensuring our residents maintain their independence as much as possible with the right kind of support. 

We understand that each resident is different and has their unique needs and abilities and so, we’ve always championed a person-centred approach to care, tailoring our support services to every person.

Autonomy and independence has many benefits for older people, including:


  • Reduced feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Increased enthusiasm for everyday activities and more vitality
  • Better self esteem and improved self-confidence 
  • Improved quality of life

How we help residents maintain their autonomy and independence


Empowering them to make their own choices:

We believe that residents should have as much control over their lives as possible. That’s why we give them choices about everything from their daily routines to their meals and activities. We also encourage them to express their preferences and needs, and listen to their feedback.


Supporting residents in their daily life:

We know that being able to perform everyday tasks such as getting dressed and eating independently is important for maintaining a sense of self-worth and dignity. That’s why we provide support to residents who need it, while still encouraging them to do as much as they can by themselves.


Providing opportunities for social interaction and engagement:

Social interaction and engagement are important for mental and emotional wellbeing. At Crouched Friars, we have a tight knit community and offer a variety of activities and events for our residents to participate in. We also encourage them to interact with each other and with our staff.


Creating a supportive environment:

We believe that residents should feel safe and valued at our care home. At Crouched Friars, we have created a warm and welcoming environment where we treat everyone with respect. We also encourage residents to support each other and to build connections and friendships with each other and our staff.


Autonomy and independence at Crouched Friars

At Crouched Friars, we have a number of ways in which we help residents maintain their autonomy and independence. Here are some examples:

  • We offer a variety of activities and events to suit all interests. These include arts and crafts, exercise classes, social events, and more. We also encourage residents to organise their own activities 
  •  We have a team of dedicated staff who are committed to providing person-centred care. Our staff are trained to support residents in their daily activities to help them retain their sense of independence 
  • This year, we started our Dignity Action Day promise, an initiative through we help our residents’ fulfil their lifelong wishes. From flying a plane, getting a tattoo, meeting their favourite singers to learning how to jive and visiting new places, our residents have had a wonderful time!

At Crouched Friars, we are committed to helping our residents maintain their autonomy. We believe that every resident deserves to live their life as independently as possible and provide them with the support they need to do so. At our home, we have a supportive and respectful environment where they can make their own choices and live their lives to the fullest.

For more information about our services, please feel free to call us at 01206 572647 or drop by at our lovely home in Colchester.

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