A “sense of home”

ABSTRACT Perceptions and expectations of elderly people about residential care facilities The choice to move to residential care facilities is crucial in the lives of the elderly. The decision to move into residential care is often seen as a last resort because older people may prefer to stay at home. However, sometimes this is notContinue reading “A “sense of home””

Beyond Words – Cooking with Friends

“Home comes in many different shapes and sizes but whoever we are and wherever we live, we need our home to be the place where we feel safest. That’s not always possible for reasons of finance or family turmoil or because a disabled person is deemed too needy to be supported at home. My life’sContinue reading “Beyond Words – Cooking with Friends”

Home Hub

Home Renaissance Foundation’s pioneering book on the home and the challenges and opportunities of new technologies. The Home in the Digital Age seeks to place the home at the heart – or as the hub – of the ethical, social and economic considerations generated by the AI revolution. When this […] Home Hub

People, Care and Work in the Home

The editors note in their introductory chapter, while books on home relations and environments are typically defined by specific discipline or research areas, such as psychology, sociology, geography, ethnology, and others, this book engages a multitude of research domains based on shared enquiries on the home as a place of care, of people, and ofContinue reading “People, Care and Work in the Home”

The Caregiving Economy

Think about caregiving less as a bundle of services and more as a web of relationships that encourage human flourishing. By Anne-Marie Slaughter and Hilary Cottam A thought provoking article that argues for new economic category… Read in full at… The Atlantic source: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/09/new-economy-caregiving/620160/

You are leaving it too late to save your Care Home

There is a universal truth….. A Care Home will ALWAYS reflect its manager. This is a hard truth but true all the same. I have seen it again and again. The life of a care home is not a straight line. It has ups and downs, good times and bad times. Things can sometimes getContinue reading “You are leaving it too late to save your Care Home”

 The snow globe effect

Martyn Dawes, registered manager and author, talks about how we all have a tendency to overthink things. He believes that for managers in stressful situations it’s important to stop, step back and create time to reset, to avoid thoughts becoming overwhelming and wait for the answers to come. He stresses the importance of making the right decisions against making theContinue reading ” The snow globe effect”

Review of Nobody’s Child: Growing up in a Yorkshire Children’s Home, by G. J. Urquhart

1st August 2021 Review of Nobody’s Child: The True Story of Growing up in a Yorkshire Children’s Home, by G. J. Urquhart (Cheltenham: The History Press, 2020) Gloria Urquhart was born in 1946 and her story of life in a Yorkshire children’s home is set mostly in the period of the Children’s Departments in EnglandContinue reading “Review of Nobody’s Child: Growing up in a Yorkshire Children’s Home, by G. J. Urquhart”

Flapjacks and Feudalism

Social Mobility and Class in The Archers Synopsis Flapjacks and Feudalism: Social Mobility and Class in The Archers is an excavation into the family and class politics found in the clans of the residents of Ambridge, in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers. This looks to be a cracking book (Residential Forum) especially the chapter: Can’tContinue reading “Flapjacks and Feudalism”

Every Heart a Doorway

Book Review Eleanor West’s home for Wayward children houses kids who have travelled to the most fantastical worlds, each through their own doorway. Upon returning to our world, none of them quite belong, and therefore go to live in a place where they are understood. But a week after Nancy, a girl who travelled toContinue reading “Every Heart a Doorway”

What does it mean to live when we are aging or when we are dying? — I READ THIS BOOK…

As a pastoral care worker for my parish I visit parishioners who are in assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. What strikes me each time I go on a pastoral visit is not just the vast differences in living conditions at some of the institutional housing, but, and perhaps even more than the differences relating […]Continue reading “What does it mean to live when we are aging or when we are dying? — I READ THIS BOOK…”

Happily Ever Older: Revolutionary Approaches to Long-Term Care: Moira Welsh — His Futile Preoccupations …..

After reading Leisureville, I stumbled across Moira Welsh’s non-fiction book Happily Ever Older: Revolutionary Approaches to Long-Term Care. Since I was on a roll when it came to reading about aging, I decided to take a chance and see what I could learn. As it turned out, I learned a lot. Canadian author Moira Welsh […]Continue reading “Happily Ever Older: Revolutionary Approaches to Long-Term Care: Moira Welsh — His Futile Preoccupations …..”

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”

The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home By Joanna Nell

At nearly ninety, retired nature writer Hattie Bloom prefers the company of birds to people, but when a fall lands her in a nursing home she struggles to cope with the loss of independence and privacy. From the confines of her ‘room with a view’ – of the car park! – she dreams of escape.Continue reading “The Great Escape From Woodlands Nursing Home By Joanna Nell”