Care Workers’ Charity Responds to Channel 4 Drama ‘Help’

We cannot praise ‘Help’ enough for the way it accurately portrayed the feelings of despair and abandonment felt by those who work in the sector… …We were pleased there was a focus on illustrating the importance of relationships in social care work… …people sacrificed their lives, mental health, and families to do their best. ThisContinue reading “Care Workers’ Charity Responds to Channel 4 Drama ‘Help’”

People who fund their own social care receive little help to navigate the system – Informative and accessible health and care research

Published on 7 January 2021 People in England who pay for their own social care receive little assistance in making choices, even though arranging care requires a range of skills that they may not have. Adult social care – for example personal assistance in the home or being cared for in a residential home –Continue reading “People who fund their own social care receive little help to navigate the system – Informative and accessible health and care research”

The dementia pandemic is coming and social care isn’t ready

John Ramsay, founder and MD of Social-Ability, warns that the UK is sleepwalking into a dementia crisis, only accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. As the social care sector struggles to keep up with demand, 50,000 people living with severe dementia are expected to be denied a bed by 2030.  Easing the pressure on social careContinue reading “The dementia pandemic is coming and social care isn’t ready”

Future housing options and alternative living for later life

Ageing Well: Housing options and alternative modes of living in later life This podcast explores co-housing as an alternative housing option in later life, considering how it can reduce loneliness and foster social connectedness, independence and community. Listen to the podcast Source: Future housing options and alternative living for later life

Later Living and Retirement Housing

Retirement Housing White Paper: Key Points 1 in 3 members of the public believe retirement housing schemes are synonymous with ‘old people’s homes’  Data shows public perception and knowledge of services skewed to match stereotype of ‘lonely, single older person with health issues  Providers not meeting expectations of the public in service provision  High profile experts fromContinue reading “Later Living and Retirement Housing”

Incident reporting in care homes

New study open for recruitment across England Kate Byrnes is a senior research assistant working on the ‘Safe System Transition’ (SafeST) research study at Northumbria University. (https://research.northumbria.ac.uk/safest) It aims to gain a better understanding of incident reporting in care homes and from this to co-design a systems-level response to safety issues for people transitioning betweenContinue reading “Incident reporting in care homes”

Ambition for Ageing Podcast

“The Ambition for Ageing Podcast aims to brings different guests each week to discuss ageing and the places we live, looking at everything from social isolation and loneliness to the benefits of ageing and building age-friendly places. We are joined each week alongside academics and policy makers, researchers, front line delivery staff and of course,Continue reading “Ambition for Ageing Podcast”

Better Lives, Better Endings: A collaboration between extra care housing and a hospice

Following an initial collaboration between Octavia and St Christopher’s in 2017, the two organisations developed a shared vision for a project that would facilitate conversations, decision and plans related to how and where people want to live in the last years of life. Read the case study in full… Resource Library – Housing LIN source:Continue reading “Better Lives, Better Endings: A collaboration between extra care housing and a hospice”

Build Back Better – a Plan for Health and Social Care

Besides the much publicised guff about health and social care funding … the Residential Forum may find the following paragraphs interesting: 40 – the end of private payers cross subsidising publicly funded residents? 49a – the exclusion of care home managers from “professional” development – they mean social workers, nurses and OTs here? 55c –Continue reading “Build Back Better – a Plan for Health and Social Care”

Hospice is Both a Place and Way of Thinking — Demystifying Hospice

Hospice is a scary word and what does palliative really mean? Many people associate Hospice only with death and dying, but those that work in hospice palliative care know it is actually about comfort, wishes, and compassion. Hospice is both a place and a way of thinking.  Yes there is a two bed Hospice in […]Continue reading “Hospice is Both a Place and Way of Thinking — Demystifying Hospice”