What’s it like to live in a care home? Findings from the Healthwatch network

Between January 2016 and April 2017, local Healthwatch staff and
volunteers across England visited 197 care homes across 63 different
local authority areas to find out what day to day life is really like
for many of those living in care homes.

These homes collectively
provide care for almost 3,500 residents ranging from elderly people with
dementia to those with severe learning disabilities.

During
these visits local Healthwatch spoke with residents, their families and
staff, compiling people’s experiences with their own observations to
produce 140 reports. These have all been shared with the providers, the
public, CQC and Healthwatch England.  

We have reviewed what people told local Healthwatch and published a briefing on the common issues that need to improve.

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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