Henry Nihill House: Philosophy of Care

From its foundation in 1866, the Sisters ministered to the poor, the sick and needy of every kind. It is in the spirit of St.Benedict’s Rule that the Community lives, and on it is based the Philosophy of Care, the Philosophy of Freedom,  in Henry Nihill House. Every individual has rights to freedom - though these are limited by circumstances, the social framework and the rights of others. Residents in care are no exception.

For people who are living in a Residential or Nursing Care Home, the greatest loss of freedom is probably that dictated by their physical condition and failing powers. In creating a supportive environment, we see our role not just as a caring, but as an enabling one. Henry Nihill House  has a good staffing level; professional nurses and skilled care staff maintain a high standard of care in a homely atmosphere. Each  resident’s needs are assessed and a care plan agreed, which is reviewed and updated at regular intervals. Careful thought is given to social needs, and each resident  has a Personal Helper on the staff to give assistance in fulfilling these needs. The resident’s right to take  responsible risk is accepted, provided this does not harm or endanger the health and safety of other people in the Home. The views, suggestions or complaints of residents are listened to with respect and  action taken where indicated.

In this concept every effort  is being made to liberate residents from physical limitations and frustrations, leading to increased freedom.  The Home is designed throughout to provide an environment with maximum convenience and comfort.




Philosophy of Care

"Before all things & above all things, care must be taken of the sick, so that they may be served in very deed as Christ himself..."

Rule of St Benedict

St.Benedict, whose 6th Century Rule is followed by the Community of St.Mary at the Cross, has important things to say about the care of the sick, the aged and of children. In it we can find sound advice on management; on interpersonal relationships; on the need for consultation; the use of resources; how to live a balanced life and come to personal fulfilment, to name but a few.