The Patients of Prestwich Mental Hospital in a Documentary Photo Series from 1972

“The Lunatic Asylums like Prestwich grew up in the same period as the industries,” writes Manchester academic Janet Batsleer, “and, like the industries, they closed.” Batsleer first visited Prestwich, where her mother was a patient, in 1972, the year Martin Parr began his first visual essay series at the hospital as a young photography studentContinue reading “The Patients of Prestwich Mental Hospital in a Documentary Photo Series from 1972”

Relationship-Centred Practice

First published in NAPA’s The Activity Providers Magazine (issue 1, summer 2021). We’ve all heard the phrase ‘a rough diamond’ to describe something  that has potential which is not immediately obvious at first look. The same could be said of human beings who do not have access to the best conditions for their self-development. Relationship-CentredContinue reading “Relationship-Centred Practice”

The Retirement Village and Extra Care Housing in England: Operators’ Experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The RE-COV Study findings make essential reading on how the sector mobilised quickly to respond to COVID-19 related deaths in their schemes last year, especially when much of the spotlight was on the crisis in care homes at that time. Download the Executive Summary The RE-COV Study reveals: The overall lower than expected proportion ofContinue reading “The Retirement Village and Extra Care Housing in England: Operators’ Experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

The Blair Academy BBC Online 2019

People do say to me, ‘hip hop? Are you sure?’ They assume that I take 50 huge gangster rappers into a care home! That’s the kind of look I get. But the culture can be so beneficial when it preaches peach, love, unity and having fun. We could certainly do with more of that!” VoicesContinue reading “The Blair Academy BBC Online 2019”

A Day in the Life of a Residential Childcare Worker

In the office I’m given a brief handover by the team leader, one young person has declined going to ‘contact’ with his mum, another has yet to get out of bed because he is struggling with his forthcoming transition to live with foster carers, one is already out for the day and two are watchingContinue reading “A Day in the Life of a Residential Childcare Worker”

Chinese New Year Celebrations in place at St John’s Court Care Home, Bromsgrove

“Our residents are thrilled to have received their vaccination and also thrilled about celebrating Chinese New Year, and we are going to make sure we all have some fun during the preparations” Jacqui Harris, the Manager at St John’s Court In Chinese culture, the Ox is a valued animal, because of its role in agricultureContinue reading “Chinese New Year Celebrations in place at St John’s Court Care Home, Bromsgrove”

Castleford House Nursing Home – Best Care Home Practice

Story of shaking up Lifestyles team at Castleford House Nursing Home “people don’t come here to die – they come here to continue to live.” Shock Exasperation Change Evolution Read in full at source: https://outstandingcarehomes.co.uk/tips-to-become-outstanding/care-home-best-practice-castleford-house-nursing-home/

COVID-19 ‘Lockdown Learnings’ – care homes share things they found helpful

My Home Life, November 24, 2020 Staff from a group of care homes have shared with us at My Home Life England some of the things they found helpful during the first lockdown of 2020. These ‘Lockdown Learnings’ may be of interest to other care homes. The thoughts of 12 care home managers and activityContinue reading “COVID-19 ‘Lockdown Learnings’ – care homes share things they found helpful”

Visions of hope: UK care home residents’ lockdown art

Ian comes from an artistic background; he has always been an artist and his children are artists too. It is an important part of his identity and staff at Craigielea care home in Renfrew, Scotland, encourage and support Ian, who is living with dementia, to continue his art work. Throughout lockdown, Ian has drawn everyContinue reading “Visions of hope: UK care home residents’ lockdown art”