Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession.

By Charles Sharpe – The Therapeutic Care Journal

I believe that a significant number of troubled children and young people are best helped by the provision of  residential child care  Amongst these I would include those who, though they may for the time being not be able to live with their families, but who nonetheless have such a strong feeling of  belonging that they do not wish to make themselves available to substitute family care. I would also include those children who find the intensity of family relationships too much to bear, and those for whom, as a consequence of past experiences,  the notion of family life is too threatening.

I am a residential child care worker. I am proud of much of the work my colleagues and I have done over the last 40 years…..This personal statement from 19 June 2009 is most apposite given the various reviews of care underway. (Residential Forum comment). Read in full at Source: Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession. By Charles Sharpe – The Therapeutic Care Journal

Are care homes the hospices of the future?

Two years ago in April 2019 Dr Sarah Russell, a Carer and Nurse who tweets @learnhospice, George Coxon a Care Home Owner who tweets @CoxonGeorge and Dr Ros Taylor MBE a Palliative Care Physician and Care Home trustee who tweets @hospicedoctor wrote this thought provoking blog. Its worth a read now (Residential Forum comment)

With an ageing population, an increased proportion of older people will need to access care and support in a long term care facility. Indeed, over the next 25 years, care homes will become the most common place of death. Hospice care aims to affirm life and death, however they are now considering new ways to reach more people beyond the walls of their buildings. Read it in full on BGS website….

Source British Geriatrics Society:

Design, Dignity, Dementia: dementia-related design and the built environment

Alzheimer’s Disease International

Across two volumes, including 84 case studies, the report looks at design in home/domestic settings, day and residential care, hospitals and public buildings and spaces. The report makes a strong statement that design for dementia is 30 years behind the physical disabilities movement – and that this must change!


Can retirement communities help solve the social care crisis?

Retirement communities are becoming increasingly popular in other countries, but could they work as well in the UK, asks David Brindle. 19 April 2021

Selected extracts:

  • ‘Every decision about care is also a decision about housing.’
  • There’s a lack of clarity about what constitutes a retirement community
  • There are various descriptors in use in addition to housing with care, including ‘extra-care’, ‘assisted living’ and ‘very sheltered housing’
  • Question of whether housing for older and disabled people is going to be taken properly into account in ministers’ promised plans for social care reform.
  • The kind of collaborative model that will have to be replicated at local level
  • In truth, we will need our care homes as well as a greatly expanded supply of housing with care.

Read this thoughtful blog in full at Social Care Today, Source: Can retirement communities help solve the social care crisis? – Social Care Today

You wait 3 decades for a review of children’s care and 7 come along at once

There is a serious issue to be resolved. There are 7 government or parliamentary reviews that are placing demands on the small residential child care sector. Each demands intense attention by the sector, each is slightly different, and there is overlap.

The NCERCC publication ‘Reviewing the reviews from residential child care’ (March 2021) looks at each review and other demands and provides 7 pieces of advice for 7 reviews

NCERCC Source: You wait 3 decades for a review of children’s care and 7 come along at once. – NCERCC

There is a link here to the recent post on the 17 categories of residential child care and education published in full in the Therapeutic Care Journal. Notably this does not include unregulated (by OFSTED) accommodation with support (but not care) that is provided to young people as a semi/independence offering. The status of this category of residential care is one of the contentious issues for the Reviews. (Residential Forum comment)

Click the link below to DOWNLOAD the full report. 
NCERCC Reviewing the reviews – You wait 3 decades for a review of children’s care and 6 come along at once final 190321[1]

Making ratios not relationships

By Beth Jay – The Therapeutic Care Journal

Reminiscing back to my time as an agency worker working in children’s homes, emotions were mixed. The excitement of a new job, meeting new people, the desire to help looked-after children and young people, and a feeling of accomplishment in getting the work experience needed. Yet day-to-day, shift-to-shift, my emotions were on the other end of the spectrum: loneliness, confusion and fear. I compared my emotional experiences to those employed permanently, consistent members of the homes, rather than someone like myself, who came and went. Does support work in residential children’s homes impact agency staff differently to permanent staff, as the relational work undertaken is inevitably different? Are permanent staffs’ emotions felt more deeply, exposed or hidden more? Or do permanent staff receive more or less support from peers? One thing is for sure, mundane emotions in residential children’s homes are definitely few and far between.

Read in full at Source: Making ratios not relationships. By Beth Jay – The Therapeutic Care Journal

Flapjacks and Feudalism

Social Mobility and Class in The Archers

Flapjacks and Feudalism: Social Mobility and Class in The Archers is an excavation into the family and class politics found in the clans of the residents of Ambridge, in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers.

This looks to be a cracking book (Residential Forum) especially the chapter:

Can’t Afford the Laurels?: Care Provision in Ambridge in 2045

Care options for older people are important to individuals and to society, and currently, there is a crisis in this care. The chapter presents a research base projection onto the situation in England in 2045, using Office for National Statistics (ONS) modelling based on current population reaching the age of 85-years plus. We take three The Archers characters and fantasise about their lives in 2045, Shula and Kenton Archer and Hazel Woolley. Through them, we illustrate three options for care, namely, cared for by family members, buying in care in own home and moving into a care home. The financial aspects of these choices are explored.

Available from Emerald Insight Source: if you have access or all good book shops.

Living Well: a new name for weekly rehabilitative support programme! – Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is rebranding its supportive and rehabilitative eight-week programme to the Living Well service, following consultation with patients, relatives, healthcare colleagues and volunteers.

The Living Well service typically sees patients who are in the earlier stages of their diagnosis and those who might need assistance to manage the symptoms of their condition. As such, this is likely to be the first Hospice service patients have contact with. Having experienced the benefits of the Living Well service, patients often feel more open to being reintroduced to the programme at a later stage, as well as being referred to other Hospice services when needed.

Read about the service in full at Source:

Property developer plans 5,000 UK retirement homes in city centres

East Devon Watch

Is this the start of the “New Normal”? – Owl

A property developer owned by a French investment management group has announced an ambitious £2bn plan to build 5,000 retirement homes across 40 urban sites in the UK over the next decade.

Julia Kollewe

As town and city centres are being reshaped as a result of the changes to UK high streets accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic, Retirement Villages Group (RVG) said it had won planning permission for a £110m retirement community of 196 one and two-bed apartments to rent or buy in central West Byfleet in Surrey, on the site of a 1960s office block with shops and a car park, which will be knocked down.

In its first move into north-west England, the company, which was acquired by Axa Investment Managers’ property arm in 2017, has also won the go-ahead for a new £65m village of 147…

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In a galaxy far, far away: ideas for Community Care Apartments

SINGAPORE: A new type of public housing with senior-friendly design features and subscription to care services was launched for sale in February’s Build-to-Order (BTO) exercise.

This is an interesting read from East Devon Watch about accommodation with support (Residential Forum)

By Cheryl Lin @CherylLinCNA

The flats, known as Community Care Apartments, are for home buyers aged 65 and above. They will also get priority admission to the nearby Bukit Batok Care Home in future if needed. 


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