Social care is a prisoner of its history

David Brindle is a care sector commentator and former public services editor of the Guardian. His opinion for Social Care Today, 19 July 2021…. Social care is in many ways a prisoner of its history. Serial failure by governments of the past 25 years to put it on a sustainable footing is ascribed usually to politicalContinue reading “Social care is a prisoner of its history”

Arts in care homes

This resource offers care teams, including activity providers, many practical ideas on how to get started…. SCIE Source: Arts in care homes – SCIE

More than a service: the essence of social care

17th July 2021 by donald.macaskill writes…. 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 longContinue reading “More than a service: the essence of social care”

Safer food, better business supplement for residential care homes

Food Standards Agency 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. Please remember that the care homes supplement should be used together with theContinue reading “Safer food, better business supplement for residential care homes”

Home – Unfair To Care

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, theContinue reading “Home – Unfair To Care”

Best interests decisions when P’s views and wishes cannot be determined

By Katharine Shipley, 8th June 2021 (with additional material from P’s mother via Celia Kitzinger) The issue before the court is whether it is in her best interests to continue to live in a care home or to return home to her mother.   https://openjusticecourtofprotection.org/2021/06/08/best-interests-decisions-when-ps-views-and-wishes-cannot-be-determined/

Data on notifications of COVID-19 deaths received from individual care homes expected to be published at July CQC public Board meeting

“Providers will be given advance sight of the information they have previously provided to us to ensure they have had the right conversations with people in their care and their loved ones. It will also give our Board the opportunity to have a full public discussion about this data. The data will let people seeContinue reading “Data on notifications of COVID-19 deaths received from individual care homes expected to be published at July CQC public Board meeting”

New age living: Can urban retirement villages transform town centres?

Retirement communities in urban areas can release underused housing, relieve pressure on health services and revive town centres. They can also rewrite our social contract with the elderly, argues Guy Flintoft (8 minute read)…read in full at… Source, The Planner: https://www.theplanner.co.uk/features/new-age-living-can-urban-retirement-villages-transform-town-centres

Why we should be looking at alternative housing options for older people

Amanda Clarke, Share and Care Homeshare, 14/06/21 Homeshare arrangements not only support wellbeing, relieve pressure on overstretched health services they support mental health and isolation. Amanda Clarke makes a compelling case for why we need more Homeshare and particularly for older people who were severely impacted by the pandemic in England.  We need to endContinue reading “Why we should be looking at alternative housing options for older people”