has there been a time when so much has been written about care homes.
What is supposed to happen, what people think is happening and what must
not happen. Guidance written, ridiculed, ripped
up, rewritten and made right – all within a few weeks. Feelings
wrenched, relationships stretched, jobs done – loss, grief, loneliness,
isolation, humanity, heroics and humility. Words tumble, praise heaps
and fears overcome. The people who live and work in group settings,
residential care and supported living – children, young people, disabled
people, homeless, older people, centenarians, social care workers,
nurses, registered managers, chefs, cleaners, handy people – it is their
home in which they too must stay. What we are all experiencing,
courtesy of the epidemic, is an ‘in your face’ clash between the needs
of individuals and the collective. Something most of us can usually side
step if we choose. Yet for people living in groups this is the stuff of
their lives and, now, their deaths. For them the benefits of living together,
their positive choice, outweighed the risks of possible harm.
When we emerge from our cocoons it is vital that we understand and
record what has happened in our care homes and group living settings.
For our neighbourhoods and communities are clusters of homes of many
varieties and it will be the good things that people have done together,
for and with each other, which will have ensured we have survived,
learned, adapted and grown.
The Residential Forum
now offers 785 posts. The most recent of which are signposts to
information and guidance about the epidemic and use the hashtags
#coronavirus and #covid 19. The Forum wants to assist place care homes,
supported living, children’s homes,
residential schools and colleges, hospices and all forms of group and
assisted accommodation at the heart of how communities succeed. As one wise civil servant said in explaining social care
to colleagues – “it is not health nor education nor housing nor justice
or even employment but it is what slides between them and makes them
work well together”. The Forum needs its supporters to help describe and
share this explanation and the positive role of residential care within social care. Plans for a new website are dedicated to enabling this by June. The message is to keep things simple
and factual. The blog site will be inbuilt and the way to keep abreast
of knowledge and activity. So set up a notification on the blog site if
you want to receive updates about this initiative.
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Remember care homes and residential care are a positive choice for some people at some points in their lives.