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”

What is truth? An inquiry about truth and lying in dementia care

This is the report of the major Inquiry about Truth and Lying in Dementia Care, commissioned and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. There are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and the ageing population suggests this figure will rise significantly. Around half of these people may be living with different realities. CarersContinue reading “What is truth? An inquiry about truth and lying in dementia care”

Long Term Segregation

The Oversight Panel’s interim conclusions This document summarises the interim conclusions of the Oversight Panel. It outlines the headline findings from a thematic review of 26 independently chaired Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews (IC(E)TRs), from discussions with IC(E)TR independent chairs, and Panel meetings. These have been grouped in to 6 ‘improvement areas’. Against each ofContinue reading “Long Term Segregation”

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”

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”

Keeping Mum in her own home

Deprivation of Liberty and Powers of Attorney for health and welfare By Celia Kitzinger, 28th June 2021 So, even if someone has given me clear and strongly-worded directions that I am to keep them out of a care home at all costs – which might include locking them inside their home and using video-cameras toContinue reading “Keeping Mum in her own home”