Unit Care is a type of nursing care in which residents receive the necessary care that they need while living in an environment that is as close to their home as possible. Often ‘Group Care’ is utilized at intensive care nursing homes, but unit care allows residents to live together and with staff while also having their individual personality and lifestyle rhythm considered and respected. We provide ‘dignified, personalized care’.
Within Unit Care, 1 unit is a group of about 10 people. Each person has their own private room. It’s possible for residents to bring their own personal belongings, furniture, and memorabilia within their room so long as it does not pose any health or safety risks. Regarding sleep and meal schedules, we do our best to match the needs of each individual within reason. Within each unit, there is also a shared ‘living’ space where residents can interact and communicate with each other and staff as well. In general, selected staff members will live together with the residents of a unit, creating an atmosphere of familiarity where the care and independence of each individual resident is respected.
The greatest perk is that each resident has their own private room to provide them with privacy. Residents may bring their own personal belongings and furniture, etc., and it’s easy and comfortable for friends and family to visit.
Within each unit, there is a shared space in which residents and staff can easily communicate and interact. Residents can eat together, partake in recreational activities planned by familiar staff members, and simply come together.
Unit Care is a type of nursing care in which residents receive the necessary care that they need while living in an environment that is as close to their home as possible. Often ‘Group Care’ is utilized at intensive care nursing homes, but unit care allows residents to live together and with staff while also having their individual personality and lifestyle rhythm considered and respected. We provide ‘dignified, personalized care’. Caregivers and other management staff live within the unit, and residents can receive care from designated, familiar staff. So the meal, toileting, bathing, etc., needs of each individual resident can be more easily grasped and understood by care staff, allowing for the provision of thorough, proper care.
With private spaces and being surrounded by familiar faces, residents can also receive the support they need when they need it. It’s safe to say that it’s an environment that allows residents to feel safe and secure. The main goal of unit care is to allow residents to continue their daily life for as long as possible, even if they require care.
Meal preparation takes place within each unit. Residents can watch the staff while they prepare meals, and experience a feeling similar to being at home. On top of regular meals, there are seasonal events and meal choices, ‘local event’ meals 4 times per week, and cake baking and other snack making recreational activities are also highly rated.
At Shinaikai’s [Shinai No Oka], there are long-term care professionals, functional training experts, nutritionists, nurses, care managers, and life counselors on site. They all respectively support residents through coordination. For residents with health concerns, they can consult resident nurses, and also communicate easily with their family through staff if support is needed. This way, they can feel safe and secure at all times.
Our bathing facility at Shinai No Oka features lifts that allow seated bathing, reducing the burden on both residents and care staff during bathing. We have taken appropriate measures for all residents to bathe comfortably just like at home, including a support arm for gripping while standing, seated bathing style without the use of a lift, and a sliding-style bath for those in wheelchairs instead of the conventional swivel-style.
In each Unit, there are both unique and seasonal events. For example, visits and performances from local elementary school students, halloween parties where nursery school children participate, hula dance lessons held by volunteer groups, and more. These events are great opportunities to meet and interact with other local people, and add a bit of spice to daily life.