Memories, identity and homeliness: the social construction of mealtimes in residential care homes in South Wales

Abstract Mealtimes in residential care homes are fundamentally social occasions, providing temporal structure to the day and opportunities for conversation and companionship. Food and drink are imbued with social meanings and used to express and create relationships between people. There is a dearth of research exploring care home residents’ mealtime experiences in the United Kingdom.Continue reading “Memories, identity and homeliness: the social construction of mealtimes in residential care homes in South Wales”

The Caregiving Economy

Think about caregiving less as a bundle of services and more as a web of relationships that encourage human flourishing. By Anne-Marie Slaughter and Hilary Cottam A thought provoking article that argues for new economic category… Read in full at… The Atlantic source: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/09/new-economy-caregiving/620160/

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 closelyContinue reading “Care Home Cymru”

‘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 Abstract The overall aim of this grounded theory study was to explore the context of a nursing home as ‘home’ from theContinue reading “‘Knowing me, knowing you’”

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 livingContinue reading “What is the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium?”

An Equal Life for All – the #SocialCareFuture White Paper

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! social-care-future-white-paper-Download

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 aboutContinue reading “Places like home”

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

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 annualContinue reading “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, peopleContinue reading “A snapshot of oral care in homes”

Getting hospital discharge right

Home to the unknown – key 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 voluntaryContinue reading “Getting hospital discharge right”

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’Continue reading “Older Australians need more housing choices”

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,Continue reading “House of Generations”

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 researchContinue reading “A 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 getContinue reading “You are leaving it too late to save your Care Home”