Covid-19: A Swedish care home doctor’s perspective

This post written by a care home doctor who works in a small Swedish town. In other words, he is responsible for the wellbeing of frail elderly people living in care homes. He has treated a lot of patients with covid-19. Since the situation may be different in some other countries, it is useful toContinue reading “Covid-19: A Swedish care home doctor’s perspective”

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”

Connectedness, Belonging and Children’s Homes to 21

Forum Member, Jonathan Stanley, 16/04/2014 Research consistently shows that leaving care before a young person is ready for independence tends to lead to poor outcomes. “Readiness” is the ability of looked after young people and care leavers to care effectively for themselves, and it covers a range of important, developmental areas: secure, positive social &Continue reading “Connectedness, Belonging and Children’s Homes to 21”

Five features to look for in a care home and why

Written by Jenny Kartupelis posted on: January 29, 2021 We have all become well aware of the terrible effects of Covid-19 on care homes for older people – not only the tragic loss of life, but also the way in which the necessary precautions have exacerbated the potential problems to be found in residential settings. Continue reading “Five features to look for in a care home and why”

Thinking about a National Care (Home) Service

The Residential Forum at the recent AGM took the opportunity to refresh itself on some of the issues around the ideas of a national approach to social care and what this may mean for care homes. It has been the topic of debate at Forum workshops in the past and members are keen that theirContinue reading “Thinking about a National Care (Home) Service”

The ‘housing-with-care’ sector and the investment opportunity within

…a surge in demand for accommodation that allows older people to feel safe and supported in their own homes. The attractiveness of the retirement living model in terms of its ability to flex access to care and health and wellbeing support is central to its success. Read the blog of Nick Edwards, chief operating officerContinue reading “The ‘housing-with-care’ sector and the investment opportunity within”

Learning from new English and Dutch almshouses

Developing previous almshouse research, including a Housing LIN Viewpoint and an earlier Housing LIN Report, a new report for the RICS Research Trust provides ideas and examples of how new almshouses can help to meet housing need and complement local strategies for housing, care and support.  Since their origins over a thousand years ago, almshouses haveContinue reading “Learning from new English and Dutch almshouses”

Is length of life more important than quality of life?

“My mum’s death was hastened by measures in place to ‘protect’ people in homes. Her quality of life was vastly reduced. We need to ask ourselves ‘What is more important, length or quality of life?’” Back in June 2019, mum decided she wanted to move into a care home as she was finding living aloneContinue reading “Is length of life more important than quality of life?”

Care homes – a positive choice?

Blog  |  Brendoncare: Dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people Care homes are as individual as the people who live in them. Every day, lives are enhanced by great services in care homes….. Families thank staff for the wonderful care they provide in the most challenging and difficult circumstances. That is what we shouldContinue reading “Care homes – a positive choice?”

A Positive Future…

1988 and residential services were low in public esteem and those who were concerned that residential care should be of high quality and be properly valued for its contribution were greatly concerned. Hence the Wagner Report – A Positive Choice. Now, 32 years later, Gillian Wagner acknowedges the continuing efforts of the Residential Forum toContinue reading “A Positive Future…”