Care home visitor policies: a global scan of the latest strategies in countries with high vaccination rates

A global scan of the latest strategies in countries with high vaccination rates November 25, 2021. This scan has been carried out by members of LTC covid network, a global platform that shares learning on COVID policy and practice responses in long-term care systems. It includes detailed case studies from six countries: Australia, Canada, Iceland,Continue reading “Care home visitor policies: a global scan of the latest strategies in countries with high vaccination rates”

The rights of older people in care homes have been neglected for too long. Now is the time for change

April 29, 2021 The focus on care homes throughout the pandemic must lead to action on long-standing issues that COVID-19 has exposed so ruthlessly, writes Heléna Herklots, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales  The pandemic has been an incredibly difficult time for care homes across the UK. Not only have thousands of older people living inContinue reading “The rights of older people in care homes have been neglected for too long. Now is the time for change”

Neglect was one of biggest killers in care homes during pandemic

The pandemic has disproportionately affected people living in care homes, who accounted for an estimated 30% of all deaths from covid-19 across 25 countries despite making up only 1% of the world’s population, a report has estimated. The analysis was carried out by Collateral Global, a research group that says it is dedicated to reportingContinue reading “Neglect was one of biggest killers in care homes during pandemic”

University led care home study cuts falls by 43%

There has been a significant focus on UK care homes following COVID-19. Care homes have had to quickly adapt their working practices, to keep their residents and staff safe. Approximately 400,000 older people are currently living in UK care homes. Care home residents remain one of the most vulnerable populations in our society with complexContinue reading “University led care home study cuts falls by 43%”

Better retirement communities will reduce the social care burden

By Will Bax, Thu 4 November 2021 There is a wider societal benefit to be gained if more housing with care is available… the chief executive of Retirement Villages Group makes the case…one of the lessons of the Covid crisis is that, outside care homes, there were specialist residential options for older people that recordedContinue reading “Better retirement communities will reduce the social care burden”

This Too Shall Pass

What It’s Like Working at a Nursing Home in a Pandemic 5 min read | Oct 2021 A housekeeper shares the experience of providing care for elderly patients suffering from COVID-19. Growing up, whenever something bad happened or I was going through hard times, my grandmother used to say, “This too shall pass.” Born inContinue reading “This Too Shall Pass”

So, what is The Plan…?

Residential Forum member, Nadra Ahmed, blog in Care Talk, November 2021 ……. The view that social care addresses social needs only is outdated and must be challenged. So, before we can progress to contemplating how it is fixed, we have to understand how and why it ‘broke’! The role of social care historically, has beenContinue reading “So, what is The Plan…?”

Help: Channel 4 drama examines ‘undervalued’ care workers during pandemic

By Steven McIntosh Entertainment reporter 16 September 2021 A full and helpful preview of the Channel 4 docu-drama recently screened. If you have not viewed it then go to “Catch-Up”. (Residential Forum) BBC News source: https://www-bbc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58537568.amp

Workforce challenges in social care

Charles Armitage, Jul 27·5 min read Writing on Medium, Charles Armitage says: “In the last few weeks, things have changed across social care. A number of new dynamics have emerged that, when taken together, are creating the perfect recruitment and retention storm. Every care provider I’ve spoken to over the past few weeks has toldContinue reading “Workforce challenges in social care”

‘Ambitions for change’

Report on improving healthcare in care homes launched British Geriatrics Society, 10 August 2021 The British Geriatrics Society has published a report aimed at improving the quality of healthcare for care home residents. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on older people, with 35.6% of the 130,000 deaths in the UK occurring inContinue reading “‘Ambitions for change’”

The bridge of care:  from present reality to future hope

14th August 2021 by donald.macaskill We have to chase away the falsity of infection prevention practices which negate human living by treating a care home like an acute infection unit. Scottish Care source: https://scottishcare.org/18632-2/

Structural discrimination and abuse: COVID-19 and people in care homes in England and Wales

Jonathan Parker, The Journal of Adult Protection Article publication date: 15 February 2021 The purpose of this paper is to explore the significant and high death toll of COVID-19 on care home residents and social care staff in England and Wales. These mortality figures, alongside differential treatment of residents and staff during the pandemic, areContinue reading “Structural discrimination and abuse: COVID-19 and people in care homes in England and Wales”

Hospice In Your Care Home – Wigan and Leigh Hospice

About the service When the service first launched in 2015, it was commissioned to support nursing homes, with the aim of expanding to reach out to residential homes over time. Care homes are an increasingly important setting for palliative and end of life care, with around 1 in 5 people in the UK spending theirContinue reading “Hospice In Your Care Home – Wigan and Leigh Hospice”

Enforced restrictions to care home access—unfair, unnecessary, and harmful

July 15, 2021 Separating people with dementia from their families leads to emotional distress and can trigger the worsening of clinical symptoms, write Aida Suárez-González and Jules Storr. During the past year, while the mode of transmission of covid-19 was under intense debate and international discussion, untold harms were taking place as a result ofContinue reading “Enforced restrictions to care home access—unfair, unnecessary, and harmful”

Despite License Denials, Nursing Homes Can Keep Operating In California

The pandemic has highlighted poor care in America’s nursing homes, where nearly 175,000 people have died of COVID-19 — a third of all deaths in the country. Even before the pandemic, advocates pointed to dangerous conditions in U.S. nursing homes, including staffing shortages and infection control failures. Many nursing homes didn’t provide quality care, theyContinue reading “Despite License Denials, Nursing Homes Can Keep Operating In California”