Care Home Cymru

Supporting Care Homes and Carers to improve the quality of care for older and vulnerable people across Wales.

Care Home Cymru is one of the programmes that sit within Improvement Cymru, and are experts in developing, embedding and delivering system wide improvements across health and social care for the NHS in Wales. We work closely with Public Health Wales and our partners to support them to continually improve what they do and how they do it to help create a healthier Wales for all.

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“Because I Grew Up In An Orphanage”

Benjamin Perks : Blogsite

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:

NB: This is the first in a Triology. The second part can be found here and the third here. Benjamin Perks can be followed on twitter

‘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


The overall aim of this grounded theory study was to explore the context of a nursing home as ‘home’ from the perspective of residents and staff. Sixteen focus group interviews were used to collect qualitative data from nursing home residents (N = 48) and staff (N = 44). Five distinct categories captured the views and experiences of participating residents and staff. These were: (a) Starting off on the right foot, ‘First impressions can be the lasting ones; (b) Making new and maintaining existing connections, ‘There is great unity between staff and residents’; (c) The nursing home as home, ‘It’s a bit like home from home for me’; (d) Intuitive knowing, ‘I don’t even have to speak, she just knows’; and (e) Feeling at home in a regulated environment, ‘It takes the home away from nursing home’. Together these five categories formed the basis of the core category ‘Knowing me, knowing you’, which captures the experiences of participants who repeatedly highlighted the importance of relationships and feelings of mutuality and respect between and among staff and residents as central to feeling at home in a nursing home. The reciprocity and mutuality associated with the core category, ‘Knowing me, knowing you’, was at times challenged by staff shortages, time constraints, and conflicting priorities associated with the co-existence of a regulated and homely environment.

Read the article on this research study at…

Ageing & Society | Cambridge Core | Source: ‘Knowing me, knowing you’: an exploration of the views and experiences of nursing home residents and staff on their nursing home as ‘home’ | Ageing & Society | Cambridge Core

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 living independently for longer, however, the evidence base on housing issues is limited.

Who are we?

The HDRC was founded in 2008 to address the evidence gap and is now the largest UK network of organisations and individuals specifically committed to research into accommodation and care for people with dementia.

The HDRC currently has around 70 members, about half of which are providers and commissioners of accommodation and care for older people. The rest are other interested parties including university researchers, architects, assistive technology providers, health and social care providers, independent consultants and representatives from third sector organisations….

Learn all about the Consortium by reading the blog HERE

“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:

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


An Equal Life for All – the #SocialCareFuture White Paper

A minimum of £12b will be provided in the first three years, with significant front loading. This funding will be targeted at first at:

1. Getting better support to the thousands currently denied it

2. Creating the conditions for major change

3. Starting a ten-year programme of innovation

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!

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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 about surrounding someone by their own possessions (“personalising” their bedroom). More fundamentally, home is also about our relationships with our material environment, about practices of making home.”

And here’s Lucy Series answers

The Small Places source: Places like home | The Small Places

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 effective social work that may be of benefit to older people whose home is residential care or assisted living settings include:

  • assessment, care planning and review
  • carers and family support
  • admission practice
  • application of safeguarding thresholds
  • best interests assessments
  • working with advocates
  • residential social work

It is too often the case that registered managers of care homes feel that they only time they see social workers is when something has gone wrong…

Exploring the contribution of social workers to older people’s well-being

Related reading and resources

Social Work with Older People Research Source: SWOP: Exploring social work with older people – Social Work with Older People Research

Lifelong Links

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 had a significant positive impact on young people, with 74% living in their foster care or children’s home a year later, compared with 41% of young people who did not receive Lifelong Links. Lifelong Links also improved a young person’s sense of identity and increased the number of family and friends connections. The report is available to read in full here.

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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 to find out more! ⁠


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 annual contract price back in October 2020 was £42 per megawatt-hour, while the market price for an October 2021 annual contract was £158 per megawatt-hour. 

Read the newsletter in full at….

Care Home Environment Source: From the Editor: 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, people accessing care and their families.

Smiling matters: oral health care in care homes

CQC source: Smiling matters: oral health care in care homes – full report PDF

Smiling matters: oral health care in care homes report cover

The report reveals an extensive lack of awareness of NICE guidelines. It concludes that care home residents are not supported to maintain and improve their oral health.

Getting hospital discharge right

Home to the unknownkey 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 voluntary and community sector.

Across the UK, we see how these initiatives are making a real difference to the home from hospital experience.”

However…. read the report and understand the issues around hospital discharge including for care homes in the community.

British Red Cross Source: Getting hospital discharge right | British Red Cross

Read the full report (PDF)

Read the England briefing (PDF)

Read the Scotland briefing (PDF)

Read the Northern Ireland briefing (PDF)

View the key findings

View our recommendations

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