I have put off writing this for a long time – an episode I’d rather forget. But as August has come around again, the city familiarly desolate, friends posting happy family snaps from far-flung beaches and villas, I find myself back in the bleak summer of 2011: the year I put my mum into care. Ever since I was a little girl, mum had said to me, “never put me in a home”…..read this great two part blog in full at…
The ‘Our Care, Our Say’ report sets out what care experienced people think should be done. This report ensures that the advice from care experienced people is spelled-out loud and clear.
It is hoped by all those who contributed to the survey and event that the views set out in this report will inform the way in which the Care Review in England is conducted and the areas in which it will focus attention. Care experienced people of all ages stand ready to help and are committed to making this a meaningful review. Above all, they want to see things improve and want to play a part in making that happen.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) recommended in its Interim Report (April 2018), that the Department for Education (DfE) introduces registration of staff working in care roles in children’s homes. They recommended an independent body be responsible for setting and maintaining standards of training, conduct and continuing professional development, with the power to enforce these through fitness to practice procedures.
DfE responded by conducting a literature review and call for evidence to examine the evidence and the views of the sector.
The government has informed IICSA that it will continue to keep the recommendation for a professional register of the residential childcare sector under review.
Two colleagues, Dr Tara French and Imogen Caird, have this past week published what I consider to be one of the best papers on social care reform in Scotland that I have read for a very long time. ‘Time for Change: Conceptualising a National Care Framework’ is not long but packs a punch of impact and insight and is well worth a read.
One of their central arguments is that rather than so much debate and focus being placed upon a National Care Service what we should be considering, debating and engaging others on is the concept of a National Care Framework.
Safer food, better business supplement for residential care homes. This supplement is not intended for use in nursing homes. Nursing homes require other food safety procedures that are not covered by SFBB, for example a full infection control policy.
This landmark research indicates many social care workers would be paid up to 39% more – an additional £7,000 – if they worked in other public funded sectors. With the role matching or exceeding the level of skill and accountability as professions such as healthcare assistants, police community support officers, and senior teaching assistants, the roots of the workforce crisis are laid bare. Read the report to find out more about the impact this injustice has on society and to see how change can be delivered with fair pay and a workforce strategy for the sector.
This Iriss Insight reviews the evidence about how food practices affect children in different care settings, drawing heavily from the experience of children in foster and residential care. However, many of the issues explored here have similarities to the experience of adults supported by social services and carers, so the Insight may also be of interest beyond those working with children.
Food and routines and rituals that surround it – shopping, preparing, cooking, serving, cleaning up – are important parts of our lives, yet often we fail to recognise the symbolic or hidden meanings of these activities.
What, where, when and with whom we eat may send all sorts of messages. Food may be used to show we care or to exercise control. This is what we mean by the symbolic meaning of food.
Food is a powerful medium through which caring and trust can be achieved and reinforced and a sense of belonging created.
People, particularly children, often use food as a means of exerting power and control, particularly where they feel powerless and when power is being exercised by adults outside the immediate family.
Establishing routines such as fixed mealtimes may be seen as important elements for the creation of a ‘family-like home’.
Tension may arise between the use of food to control children on the one hand and recognition of their growing autonomy on the other.
Children may have to learn and adjust to new rules about food when moving from home to residential accommodation: what may be seen as playful at home may be considered as deviant or challenging in residential care, or vice versa.
Separating people with dementia from their families leads to emotional distress and can trigger the worsening of clinical symptoms, write Aida Suárez-González and Jules Storr.
During the past year, while the mode of transmission of covid-19 was under intense debate and international discussion, untold harms were taking place as a result of measures introduced in the UK and many other countries in the name of infection prevention control (IPC). This damage ironically occurred to some of the most vulnerable people in society, people with dementia living in care homes, where sustained bans on visits have been in force since the beginning of the pandemic and only recently started easing in some countries….. This is an important item from the British Medical Journal with professional opinions. (Residential Forum). Read it in full at source….
Extra Care Housing is an increasingly popular form of housing for older people, often as a preferred alternative to a care home. Many people appreciate the independence that having their own apartment within an Extra Care Housing scheme can offer, while also being able to access help and support, enjoying opportunities for social interaction and feeling safe.
Over a fifth of those living in Extra Care Housing have dementia, a number that is likely to increase as as the prevalence of dementia continues to increase and people are being diagnosed at a younger age. There are three common models of Extra Care Housing for supporting people living with dementia. Some schemes have a separate area or unit for people living with dementia, others take an integrated approach by supporting people living with dementia alongside residents without dementia, and a third model of scheme is exclusively for people living with dementia. Previous studies have highlighted some key features of Extra Care Housing that can help people with dementia including dementia-friendly design, having flexible care available, good use of technology, and lots of opportunities for social activities. However, everyone has a different experience of dementia and little is known about what model of extra care housing works for whom.