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.
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….
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!
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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…