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”

Reimagining residential children’s homes – Commissioning children’s homes: Potential improvements and reforms (2020)

Published: 24/04/2020 | Author: Evans K Introduction This series of publications explores key issues identified by strategic planners, policy-makers and practitioners. It provides insights into current debates, research findings, practice developments and user experiences to inform the development of the residential children’s care sector. The series will be of particular interest to strategic leaders, commissionersContinue reading “Reimagining residential children’s homes – Commissioning children’s homes: Potential improvements and reforms (2020)”

Care Homes: When, Why and How to choose a Care Home

Who needs this care homes guide? Over 100,000 people who make this choice every year in the UK.   When is the right time to read it?   What you will find in the Care Homes Book   Introduction PART I: Considering Care 1. The Basics 2. How to avoid a care home PART II:Continue reading “Care Homes: When, Why and How to choose a Care Home”

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…”

‘Words come alive’

Des Kelly, Forum Trustee, on the launch of Bringing the Inside Out – a new book of poems uses the voice of people living with dementia  What a year 2020 turned out to be for everyone, especially those in the care home sector. Uplifting news has certainly been in short supply. How wonderful therefore toContinue reading “‘Words come alive’”