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

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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’ to a place that better suits your needs as you grow older, the options are pretty thin on the ground.  There are smaller houses and apartment buildings if you’re content to merely reduce your land/floor size.  But if you want your ‘last home’ to be supportive of your potentially changing needs as you get older (things like proximity to shops, services and public transport if you’re not able to drive; security and design features that can support health and mobility changes; location among people you know, within the community you love), then you will struggle.  And with all the costs (and taxes) involved in selling and relocating anywhere, it’s not surprising that many people think twice.

Read this in full to see how the debate and options are unfolding in Australia…

Agency Cohousing and Community source: https://wp.me/p7qDj6-c9

House of Generations

First soil turned for a prototype of future care homes that mixes generations

Sølund is an ambitious pioneering prototype for integrated urban nursing homes of the future which also acts as a driver for the development of Nørrebro district in Copenhagen. The building includes 360 nursing home units, 150 youth housing, and 20 senior homes, a daycare centre, shops and car parking.

The building’s design and architecture seek to capture a sense of living in Nørrebro, while giving residents meaningful experiences in the form of urban life, light, views, and interaction with other people and nature.

The new Sølund has an enormous potential as an urban generator that can contribute with life and atmosphere from its many residents, staff, and visitors. They will populate the area, creating lively urban activity 24 hours a day both towards an adjacent lake and where the complex meets the urban space out towards the street Ryesgade.

More details and lots architectural type pictures at…

C.F. Møller source: https://www.cfmoller.com/g/First-soil-turned-for-future-House-of-Generations-i18319.html

A Forgotten Crisis: Adults who have been in Care Struggling with Poor Health and High Mortality

Sophia Alexandra Hall, 18 November 2021

“People who spent their childhoods in the UK’s care system are twice as likely to die prematurely, according to a report.

Research has shown that children who grow up in care and endure adverse childhood experiences could be more vulnerable to long-term health issues such as auto-immune diseases

Care leavers can often experience discrimination from both the state and from other people. They may face stigma or structural barriers that can have a long-term impact on their health.”

This article brings together threads around the long term health and wellbeing of care experienced people… read it in full at…

Byline Times Source: A Forgotten Crisis: Adults who have been in Care Struggling with Poor Health and High Mortality – Byline Times

Surviving and thriving as a care leaver

In conversation with Kim Emenike BY NIKKI ADEBIYI, FOUNDER @BOUNCE BLACK, 25 October 2021

Read the interview with care leaver Kim at…

@BOUNCE BLACK source: https://bounceblack.org/2021/10/25/care-leaver-kim-emenike-interview/

Read more about Kim’s journey in and beyond care in her interview with the BBC here.

Support resources for care leavers:

  • BECOME: The charity for children and young people in care
  • Propel: Resources for care leavers entering higher education

“When you’re going through something, you’re not the only one, so there’s always an organisation or a person that can help” – Check out @KimEmenike’s inspiring journey as a #CareLeaver in her interview with @iBounceBlack:

A place we can call home

A vision and a roadmap for providing more options for housing with care and support for older people

Published: 15 November 2021

This report for commissioners and managers in health and social care develops a vision and roadmap for providing more options for housing with care and support. It is the result of the research undertaken by the Commission on the Role of Housing in the Future of Care and Support.

The case for change is compelling and urgent.

Read the Executive Summary and download the full report at…

SCIE source: https://www.scie.org.uk/housing/role-of-housing/place-we-can-call-home

You are leaving it too late to save your Care Home

There is a universal truth…..

A Care Home will ALWAYS reflect its manager. This is a hard truth but true all the same. I have seen it again and again.

The life of a care home is not a straight line. It has ups and downs, good times and bad times. Things can sometimes get a bit wobbly, and at other times all is right with the world. It will naturally go through stages.

Read the full blog where the stages that care homes may go through are revealed at…

Martyn Dawes Source: You are leaving it too late to save your Care Home (or Social Care Dept)

Partnerships for Progress

Ty Seren is a Residential Family Centre in Bridgend, South Wales that is operated by Partnerships for Progress (PfP).

They “offer a service to families that face the prospect of children being removed from their parents’ care, but who, with the right support, may develop their abilities to continue to care for their children on a long-term basis.

A residential family centre is any establishment that provides residential (live-in) services for parents and their children in order to monitor and assess the parents’ ability to look after their children. This means responding to their children’s needs, safeguarding and promoting their children’s welfare.”

We believe every child has the right to the best start in life

Read all about this residential family centre as it reopens (October 2021) after being closed to admissions in October 2020 following an inspection by Care Inspectorate Wales. Partnerships for Progress (PfP) and the Bridgend residential family centre was historically called Family Crosspoint. The section of the website called “Learning from the Past” documents the work done to improve services. Some of the changes and developments PfP has introduced are shared in a table, which is a helpful resource for any service seeking to improve (Residential Forum)

Partnerships for Progress source: https://pfp.org.uk/about-us/

 The snow globe effect

Martyn Dawes, registered manager and author, talks about how we all have a tendency to overthink things. He believes that for managers in stressful situations it’s important to stop, step back and create time to reset, to avoid thoughts becoming overwhelming and wait for the answers to come. He stresses the importance of making the right decisions against making the easy decisions.


Martyn Dawes book…

The care exchange source: The care exchange

The Hogeweyk Dementia Village ~ care concept

Co-creators & game changers

“The Hogeweyk® paved the way for a new way of care in The Netherlands and has become a great inspiration for others in world who are looking for humanizing care for the growing numbers diagnosed with dementia. Years of experience and gained knowledge results in a clear vision on the future of dementia care. The Hogeweyk® is one outcome but applying that same vision many other outcomes are possible. We strongly believe in the deinstitutionalization of care and the need to emancipate people living with dementia and include them in society.”

Read all about how The Hogeweyk® was realized through a collaboration of different partners at…

Source: https://hogeweyk.dementiavillage.com/

A radical new vision for social care

The REAL Centre invited acclaimed author and social innovator Hilary Cottam to deliver the 2021 REAL Challenge lecture, to generate fresh ideas and debate. In the lecture Hilary explores how we can turn current thinking about care and the care system on its head by creating something new, where care is not seen as a cost but as an investment in social flourishing. Hilary has also set out her vision in the publication, A radical new vision for social care, where she points to examples of the forms of care and support she believes are needed, calling for a new framework that could allow these models to grow and, in turn, enable us all to thrive. She also outlines five areas largely absent from the current debate, which she views as necessary for any new system.

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New REAL Centre publication source: New REAL Centre publication – A radical new vision for social care

The Woman Fighting for Care Leavers’ Right to Housing

by Emily Goddard, November 2021

If you’ve been raised in the care system, it can be almost impossible to find a guarantor for a rental property. Mary-anne Hodd is changing that.

Mary-anne Hodd had done everything the care system had asked of her…

There is a solution to the problems care leavers face when trying to move into independent rented accommodation, Hodd says. The idea came to her when she was struggling with the issue in 2015. She was volunteering for the council when an MP put the situation into perspective for her. “He said to me, ‘We’re your corporate parents, we should be doing everything for you that your parents could or would have if they were in a position to do so.’ That was it: the lightbulb went off,” she says.

Read this important item and about the Guarantor scheme in full at…

Vice Newsletter source: The Woman Fighting for Care Leavers’ Right to Housing

Institutions for Deaf Children

An illustrative page from http://www.childrenshomes.org.uk/ which documents the detailed history of children’s homes in Britain – orphanages, homes for those in poverty, or with special needs, reformatories….

Once you start exploring this site you could become engrossed…

Source: Institutions for Deaf Children

CHARM Care Home Research Study – A project to find out resident, visitor and staff preferences and suggestions for our new garden space and associated activities

Association for Dementia Studies Blog

Four care homes participated in the CHARM research project, conducting two mini-research projects each. This blog shares the experiences of Sanctuary Care’sHastings Residential Care Home in Malvern, Worcestershire and their second mini-research study. Hastings is also part of Sanctuary Group and thanks go especially to Home Manager Sue Milward, Deputy Manager Dan Reeves, Activity Coordinators Kirsty Sinton, Jackie Sadler, April Walwyn, Hannah Barber, Jenny Douglas and Project Manager Elizabeth Johnston of Sanctuary Care for their work as part of the Hastings’ Research Working Group.

Stage 1: Find out, plan and prepare

The direction of the project was decided with the knowledge that landscaping work planned for the garden area was about to start following the build of “the orangery”, a new conservatory area to the care home, which had left the garden in a bit of a state!) In addition, Sanctuary Care – the Organisation that runs Hastings –…

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