Placing children for ‘welfare’ and ‘justice’ reasons together in secure children’s homes

Research report considering whether the practice of placing children together in secure children’s homes for justice and welfare reasons increases the risk of child sexual abuse.

GOV.UK Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/placing-children-for-welfare-and-justice-reasons-together-in-secure-childrens-homes

Turning Away From Nursing Homes, to What?

By Mark Miller

April 1, 2021

Regina Smith has dedicated her career to keeping seniors out of nursing homes. A geriatric social worker at an adult day care network in Indianapolis, she strives to provide services that can help people live independently.

But Ms. Smith’s expertise didn’t keep her own mother from a nursing home — or prevent the worst from happening when the pandemic struck last year. Read on at source…

https://nasmm.wordpress.com/2021/04/05/turning-away-from-nursing-homes-to-what/

Values in Action – where rhetoric meets reality

Dr Heery

In this blog I share my experience of being a parent to the wonderful, indefatigable Molly. We have read through it together, and she is happy for me to share it with you.

Values are important. Not just in an abstract, theoretical way, but in driving the decisions we make on a daily basis. No matter how pragmatic or evidence-based our decisions are, they will always reflect our deeply-held beliefs, for good or ill. I think this is particularly evident in education when so many of the challenges we face come down to values.

We describe the Trust in which I work as a ’values-based’ Trust. Although we sometimes struggle to define exactly what these values are in a meaningful way, I hope that they are apparent to anyone who knows us and works with us – integrity, inclusion, kindness, humility. Although they are values that are shared in the…

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Therapeutic residential care: A necessary option for foster youth with greater needs

The tide of opinion in the U.S. child welfare arena has been turning against institutional settings for foster youth for some time. A spate of reports of child abuse and improper disciplinary techniques in residential facilities for young people has intensified calls for the elimination of residential care as an option for foster youth. But as all who are intimately involved in the child welfare world know, therapeutic residential care is a critical part of the continuum of services that must be available for foster youth. Read in full at source…

https://childwelfaremonitor.org/2020/11/11/therapeutic-residential-care-a-necessary-option-for-foster-youth-with-greater-needs/

Housing Options When You Can’t Live at Home

Everyone wants to live out their days in their own home. It’s painful to think about being placed in an assisted living or dying in a hospital. The thought of leaving behind the comforts of home and losing independence is overwhelming. Sometimes staying at home simply isn’t an option. 

The biggest reason for needing outside care is safety. Read on at Source….

https://thecaregivercafe.net/2020/05/19/housing-options-when-you-cant-live-at-home/

Co-living: Dispelling the myths

Co-living is gaining momentum in the residential property sector, writes Colin Shenton of Oppidan Life (April 2021)

If you haven’t already heard of co-living you are sure to over the coming months, as developers set their sights on Manchester and Salford.

While the market seeks to define what co-living is and how it differs from BTR, HMOs and student accommodation, as a sector of its own, co-living has been shrouded by a number of myths. So, it’s time to separate facts from the fiction in this up-and-coming exciting sector.

TheBusinessDesk.com Source: https://www.thebusinessdesk.com/northwest/news/2077376-co-living-dispelling-the-myths?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NorthWest_16th_Apr_2021_Daily

Eating while in hospital, in care homes or if you rely on someone else for your meals | Malnutrition Task Force

In a care home or your own home, it’s important that you enjoy your food, have enough to eat and drink, and get the help you need to eat and drink when you need it.

What to expect

When anyone is admitted into hospital or a care home, they should expect to be weighed. This is an important measurement that tells if patients are undernourished and if they need a special diet, gadgets or implements to make eating easier. If there is concern about your nutritional status, you should expect to have a nutritional assessment from either a specially trained nurse or a dietitian.

It’s sometimes tricky when someone else provides your food. It is important that you tell them….

Read in full at Source: Eating while in hospital, in care homes or if you rely on someone else for your meals | Malnutrition Task Force

Designated settings for people with COVID-19 leaving hospital

28 April 2021

CQC is continuing to work with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), local authorities and individual care providers to provide assurance of safe and high-quality care in designated settings, which are part of a scheme to allow people with a COVID-positive test result to be discharged safely from hospitals.

These settings are admitting people who are discharged from hospital with a COVID-positive test who will be moving or going back into a care home setting. This is to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in care homes and will allow for a focus on the care that people who have contracted COVID-19 need. The Government’s aim is for each local authority to have access to at least one designated setting as soon as possible. CQC is working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care to ensure social care designated settings are appropriate.

Several weeks after we’ve assured the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practice in a designated setting, we’ll be giving them a supportive phone call. Read the questions inspector’s will use to guide their conversation. Read in full at….

Source: Designated settings for people with COVID-19 leaving hospital | Care Quality Commission

The importance of home

Celeste Berteau, Evidence and Influencing Co-ordinator, Life Changes Trust,

September 2020.

What does it mean for a house to be a ‘home’? Is it curling up in your favourite chair at the end of a long day? Sharing a laugh with friends and family? Perhaps it is that feeling you get cooking your favourite meal. While having a place to live is a fundamental need, it can be easy to overlook the importance of feeling ‘at home’. To truly feel ‘at home’, it is not enough to be in a place that meets your needs; there must also be a sense of belonging, a feeling of connection with your community, and the ability to make meaningful choices over your actions and surroundings….

Read in full at the Life Changes Trust source:

https://lifechangestrustblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/30/the-importance-of-home/

Why covid vaccination is NOT in this care home resident’s best interests

I really wasn’t sure which decision Mr Justice Hayden was going to make as I sat through the hearing. Details of all possible options were closely examined, especially the option of using a sedative which was discussed in some depth, so I was really quite relieved when he delivered the judgment and I absolutely agree with his decision and with the reasoning behind it.

Why covid vaccination is NOT in this care home resident’s best interests
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