THINGS WE KNOW TO BE TRUE

Des Kelly OBE | Residential Forum Trustee | 24 December 2020 writes a seasonal blog: The AGM of The Residential Forum was held on 21 December – by Zoom of course! Maybe it was because members haven’t meet this year but there was an interesting discussion reflecting on events of 2020 and how they haveContinue reading “THINGS WE KNOW TO BE TRUE”

‘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’”

COVID-19, the journey from crisis to opportunity: Experiences of young people in residential child care and their carers

Elaine Hamilton& Niamh Miller, Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Abstract (Vol.19, No.3) COVID-19 arrived as a crisis. Its impact has been felt across the Globe and will continue to be for many years to come. Financially, emotionally, practically and psychologically –it has changed many views & forced us to think and behave differently inContinue reading “COVID-19, the journey from crisis to opportunity: Experiences of young people in residential child care and their carers”

Seniors and staff caught in the middle of nursing homes’ quest for profit

The cycle of buying and selling care homes has led to shortcuts, closures, even fraud – and imperiled vulnerable residents’ health. Read in full here. Sourced from the Guardian July 2020: Elders in residence A series on the longstanding failures heightened by Covid-19 in American nursing homes. More from this series

Not vulnerable

December 2020, Richard Banks, Residential Forum member, considers how the language of personal frailty can be used as cover for a hostile social and economic environment. Poorly chosen words or phrases can dehumanise people and lead to the use of labels to define people by supposed deficits.  ‘Vulnerable’ has become an example. Vulnerable has beenContinue reading “Not vulnerable”

Consequences for the child welfare system in Catalonia

Daniel Ortega Ortigoza, November 2020 in the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Introduction How has the lockdown affected residential centres for children and youths in Catalonia? Several months after the COVID-19 global pandemic began, and after measures were adopted by the governments of the affected countries, we can start to highlight many of theContinue reading “Consequences for the child welfare system in Catalonia”

Care homes need our support in the covid-19 era and beyond

David Oliver: in The BMJ, November 27, 2020 What do care homes have to do to get a break in England right now? Read in full at source: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/11/27/david-oliver-care-homes-need-our-support-in-the-covid-19-era-and-beyond/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

Fear, Uncertainty, and Relational Care in the Face of COVID-19, Survey of residential services in Ireland during the restrictions

John Murphy – article in the Scottish Journal of Residential Care Abstract Resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent lockdown, EPIC (Empowering People in Care) decided to contact all young people’s residential centres in Ireland. Often the young people that live in residential homes are the forgotten children in care, so it wasContinue reading “Fear, Uncertainty, and Relational Care in the Face of COVID-19, Survey of residential services in Ireland during the restrictions”

Updated country report: The impact of COVID-19 on long-term care in the Netherlands – the second wave

November 25, 2020 Florien Kruse, Lisa van Tol, Cilla Vrinzen, Oemar van der Woerd,  Patrick Jeurissen The full report is available here: COVID-19-Long-Term-Care-situation-in-the-Netherlands-_-the-second-wave-25-November-2020-1Download Key points: The Dutch nursing home sector was severely affected by the first coronavirus wave. Although the sector was better prepared for a new outbreak, the second wave has still hit hard.Continue reading “Updated country report: The impact of COVID-19 on long-term care in the Netherlands – the second wave”

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”