Scent Your Way to a Caring Senior Living Environment

Working in a care home, residential home or respite care can be an incredibly rewarding role.  Contributing towards the comfort and quality of life for someone in their later years brings knowledge that you have really made a difference – not only to an elderly person but their family and loved ones.  It’s a position of great trust.

Like all jobs though, there is a down-side.  Work can be physically and emotionally draining, hours are long and the working environment isn’t always as good as we would want for our own family, or indeed ourselves when/if the time comes.

Scenting in healthcare environments have been proven to contribute to a positive work environment.  In fact, ambient scent can increase worker efficiency and self-efficacy as well as a willingness to help.

Acquiring and keeping good staff not only keeps care homes running well functionally but with the trust and respect gained from a good emotional connection, can have a very positive effect on the health and well being of elderly residents.

Encouraging a Positive Attitude with Scent

Staff interactions with residents can become fractured when multiple elements of dissatisfaction are experienced – recompense, training, environment.  Employees need to feel valued in the workplace to do an effective job.  Residents of nursing homes are likely to experience a rapid decline in their health if they are subject to inappropriate or inadequate personal treatment and medical care.

Managing the Frustration of Odor Control in Care Homes

Nursing homes are prone to musky smells and malodors, and sometimes, no matter how hard nursing home staff attempt to get rid of the smell, frustratingly, nothing seems to solve the problem.  Although employees quickly become accustomed to the smell on a day-to-day basis, it is still a smell that many still find challenging.

Additionally, the Senior Care Society (US) states that one of the warning signs of a badly maintained care home is ‘strong odors of feces or urine or disinfectant used as a cover up’. This can be demoralizing for staff cleaning up after accidents, as they are often doing everything they can and don’t necessarily warrant the reputation.  Masking odors simply isn’t an option.

PremiumScenting is subtle and effective.  It enhances environments, enabling scent to influence emotions, well-being and actions.  The benefits of scenting in residential care homes can have a wide range of effects:

  • Diffusing stressful situations – A Duke University study measured brain waves and found that the smell of lavender relaxed participants as much as getting a massage, ideal for stressful environments needing a calm and soothing ambiance.

  • Calming anxious minds – The scent of pine, like that of PremiumScenting’s ‘Woodlands’ can be used to decrease anxiety, according to Japanese research, where anxious subjects had a greater feeling of relaxation after indulging in the scent.

  • Promoting a positive work environment – In a study at Vanderbilt University Medical Center 84% of healthcare providers said they strongly agree that the scent contributed to a positive work environment.

  • Odor neutralizing – Our technology uses micro-droplets that not only remove odors, but eliminates them.

In a stressful, complex nursing environment, it’s important to make sure that carers don’t take a back seat when it comes to making surroundings comfortable.  Our scent experts consult with all stakeholders to understand their needs, enabling them to define a solution that benefits them as well as the needs of residents and visitors. They take the time to define the perfect solution for your care environment.

To find out more, download our care homes mini report at www.premiumscenting.com/elderly-care

Sources:

1 Robert A. Baron, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1990

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