“Because I Grew Up In An Orphanage”

I was raised in care of the state. I am neither proud of it or ashamed of it. I would like to live in a world where future care leavers don’t suffer long silences & superficial victim or bootstraps narratives…… Read this blog in full at… Benjamin Perks : Blogsite source: https://benjaminperksblog.home.blog/2019/08/19/because-i-grew-up-in-an-orphanage/ NB: This isContinue reading ““Because I Grew Up In An Orphanage””

‘Knowing me, knowing you’

An exploration of the views and experiences of nursing home residents and staff on their nursing home as ‘home’ Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 July 2021 Assumpta A. Ryan and Kevin Moore Abstract The overall aim of this grounded theory study was to explore the context of a nursing home as ‘home’ from theContinue reading “‘Knowing me, knowing you’”

What is the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium?

Why might you want to join Dementia is a major challenge for all of us and has escalated in importance on the public policy agenda. With the right support and early diagnosis people living with dementia can have a good quality of life. We know housing is a major part of the solution to livingContinue reading “What is the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium?”

“Feeling at Home”

Professor Christine Bigby, co-author of ‘Group Homes for People with Intellectual Disabilities’ (2009), introduces the Feeling at Home webinar on research and policy relating to the concept of ‘homeliness’ as a feature of group homes for people with learning disabilities. Watch on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC1bNa7Ii5ktopUwF5Ehiwgw

Promoting child-friendly approaches in the area of migration

A review of standards, guidance and practices from 2019 Stephanie Rap, Council of Europe Worth a read – although there is a lot of it! Download the PDF from Academia Source: https://www.academia.edu/resource/work/41616427

An Equal Life for All – the #SocialCareFuture White Paper

We got tired of waiting, so we produced our own White Paper on the future of social care. It’s radical and ambitious, as it should be. Tell us what you think! social-care-future-white-paper-Download

Places like home

A really good and significant blog from Lucy Series that warrants setting aside the time to read and digest…. (the opinion of the Residential Forum) “Home is not the same as being ‘homely’ or ‘homelike’ – it is not about murals or pictures or wallpaper or knick-knacks, tablecloths and doilies. It is not even aboutContinue reading “Places like home”

SWOP: Exploring social work with older people

This research project will make recommendations about how social workers can best support older people and carers, including how they work with other agencies. We will identify how the government and employers can best invest in, support and recognise social work knowledge and skills.  The Residential Forum suggest that some of the aspects of effectiveContinue reading “SWOP: Exploring social work with older people”

Lifelong Links

Aims to ensure that a child in care has a positive support network around them to help them during their time in care and in adulthood. Family Rights Group supports local authorities to implement Lifelong Links with children in care. Training Lifelong Links coordinators, publishing tools and resources and providing consultancy support. Lifelong Links hadContinue reading “Lifelong Links”

Thinking about research in care homes

The Care Home Action Researcher-in-residence Model (CHARM) Framework manual is now available to download: The CHARM Framework ManualDownload A step-by-step guide for care homes to conduct their own research projects An online library of resources from the CHARM manual is provided Here

Digital Home project

You can download an app and virtually explore The Home – a fictional residential care home provider. Meet the residents and staff, play games, watch short films and even cross the portal to explore what a Japanese care home is like. ⁠ Head over to http://www.thedigitalhome.org/ to find out more! ⁠ Source: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CWOSklvFGAF/?utm_medium=share_sheet

Care homes urged to review long-term energy strategy

Nov 24, 2021 Care homes are being urged to review their long-term energy strategy following a ‘perfect storm’ in the energy sector that has led to an unprecedented spike in prices. The impact on energy pricing is revealed in a new report by energy broker and consultancy Advantage Utilities, which reported that the average annualContinue reading “Care homes urged to review long-term energy strategy”

A snapshot of oral care in homes

In June 2019, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published their smiling matters report which reviewed the state of oral health care in care homes across England. This called for mandatory staff training care in oral care and a greater awareness of the importance of good oral care and what this means from employers, carers, peopleContinue reading “A snapshot of oral care in homes”

Getting hospital discharge right

Home to the unknown – key findings “In our day to day engagement, through our operations, we see many examples of good practice initiatives including Multi Agency Discharge Events (MADE), Discharge to Assess (D2A), Home First and hospital – or community-based hospital – multidisciplinary discharge teams. Many are working in successful partnerships with the voluntaryContinue reading “Getting hospital discharge right”

Older Australians need more housing choices

Keryn Curtis, October 16, 2020 “…cohousing needs to be a serious option in the housing mix and it needs to be supported by planning policy and business leadership.” More choices needed With due respect to the retirement village industry, the reality is, if you are living in your family home and would like to ‘rightsize’Continue reading “Older Australians need more housing choices”