The Last Homely House

After many adventures, Bilbo moved from his independent life at Bag End to a retirement home. The House of Elrond in Rivendell provided him with a welcome and a safe space to age, write his memoirs and build his friendships before taking ship to the Undying Lands. It was his Last Homely House. READ THISContinue reading “The Last Homely House”

The value placed on everyday professionalism

Abstract This special issue is focusing on the ‘extraordinary ordinary’ of everyday life in residential care. This is appropriate as daily life is not only the bread and butter but also the meat of the work. It is its main strength but also its main weakness. The residential care profession does not have its ownContinue reading “The value placed on everyday professionalism”

Alternatives to Long Term Institutional Care for Older People

The report’s findings are divided into five themes of: social interaction connecting with the wider community safety net scale, and thinking ahead. Each of these includes case studies of the facilities and initiatives visited and identifies the main learning points for the UK. In conclusion the research demonstrates that there is a range of differentContinue reading “Alternatives to Long Term Institutional Care for Older People”

Design Principles for Extra Care Housing

This updated Housing LIN Factsheet no 6, now in its 3rd edition, describes key design principles and issues to consider when developing a brief for a new Extra Care Housing development. Of particular significance, it has also been updated to address health and safety considerations following Grenfell, the avoidance of overheating and, more recently, theContinue reading “Design Principles for Extra Care Housing”

Efficient/effective commissioning | “Death by Paperwork”

The Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP), Independent Children’s Home Association (ICHA) and the National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS) represent over 400 providers of children’s services, meeting the needs of over 17,500 children. A joint survey by the three providers’ organisations in 2012 highlighted faults in local authority procurement ofContinue reading “Efficient/effective commissioning | “Death by Paperwork””

Assisted living shouldn’t mean losing independence

Dear Carol: My mom, 78, has some physical disabilities because of severe arthritis. Even so, she’s fully able to manage the two medications that she takes. She can also fix the simple meals that she enjoys and entertain herself with music, TV and reading. She needs some assistance, but we’re skeptical of assisted living becauseContinue reading “Assisted living shouldn’t mean losing independence”

Supporting older people in care homes at night

Diana Kerr, Heather Wilkinson and Colm Cunningham  29th Apr 2008   Although night-time care forms a significant part of care home provision, little research has focused on this. Night staff are a vulnerable group, receiving less training, supervision and support than day staff, but with high levels of responsibility. This report examines the perspectives ofContinue reading “Supporting older people in care homes at night”

Care Home Voices: A snapshot of life in care homes in Wales during Covid-19

What has it been like to live or work in a care home over the last few months? To be the friend or relative of a care home resident, and unable to visit them? The report is based on over 120 responses (received between 14 May and 05 Jun) from older people, their families andContinue reading “Care Home Voices: A snapshot of life in care homes in Wales during Covid-19”

Older people’s vision for long term care

Helen Bowers et al.  18th Nov 2009   This study examined the experiences and aspirations of these older people and highlights their ambition to increasingly influence decisions about care, support and wider issues such as: Whether or not to move to a care home What helps to enhance their quality of life What is neededContinue reading “Older people’s vision for long term care”

The Development of Self in Children in Institutions

By Isabel Menzies Lyth | Published in Containing Anxiety in Institutions: Selected Essays Vol. 1. London: Free Association Books (1988) | Reprinted from Journal Child Psychotherapy, (1985) 11: 49-64 The theoretical basis for thinking in this paper centres on a particular aspect of the development of the self, development that takes place through introjective identification.Continue reading “The Development of Self in Children in Institutions”

Covid-19 deaths in care homes

David Oliver: Let’s be open and honest about covid-19 deaths in care homes It’s not politicians, officials, and NHS managers who admit or discharge hospital patients but doctors, working alongside multidisciplinary clinical teams. Many of us clearly were—in good faith, and for understandable reasons in that early pandemic context—sending people to care homes with orContinue reading “Covid-19 deaths in care homes”

A developing journey in residential child care

Abstract This paper explores the development of practice in residential child care, initially within the context of generally negative perceptions of this and the wider care system. Discussion of therapeutic perspectives is set within the context of the development of Care Visions residential services and considers the significance of the Sanctuary Model of trauma informedContinue reading “A developing journey in residential child care”

Impact of public health restrictions on families, guardians and close friends of residents in Residential Care Facilities (RCF)

PURPOSE OF RESEARCH:The public health measures during the COVID-19 outbreak has restricted visitation of family/guardians/close friends to people living in residential care. Subsequently, this may have impacted on their involvement in the care and social interactions with residents. As part of the ERiC (Engaging Remotely in Care) project, we would like to understand from yourContinue reading “Impact of public health restrictions on families, guardians and close friends of residents in Residential Care Facilities (RCF)”