A SOCIAL MODEL OF SOCIAL CARE The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated a significant health care response centred around the preservation of life through robust infection prevention and control (IPC). One of the challenges in this has been to ensure that the distinctive elements of social care have not been lost amidst this focus. I haveContinue reading “CORE PRINCIPLES FOR A HUMAN RIGHT TO SOCIAL CARE”

“How-to Guide” on Care Home Visits after 2 December 2020

John’s Campaign’s The Guidance in force after 2 December 2020 is available here and can be used to remind care home providers of their legal obligations. The Guidance provides that: Blanket bans on visits are not permitted. Care Homes must carry out individualised risk assessments regarding visits in line with their legal obligations underContinue reading ““How-to Guide” on Care Home Visits after 2 December 2020”

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:

Hot Homes are Not Homes…

As part of the 2020 adult social care winter plan, the government has called on local authorities and care providers to establish “stand-alone units” – so-called “hot homes” – that would be able to receive and treat Covid hospital patients while they recover from the disease – Samuel Lovett in the Independent 28 October 2020Continue reading “Hot Homes are Not Homes…”

What have other countries taught us about COVID-19 in care homes?

“There are many lessons that the Government must learn”, was the conclusion of a scathing report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee published in July into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on care homes. By freelance social care writer Eleanore Robinson

Care Home Infection Control Top Tips

Published: 2020-08-06, NWADASS The purpose of this guide is to highlight some of the ways in which residential and nursing homes have responded to the current Covid-19 pandemic in order to ensure that residents are safe, needs continue to be met and wellbeing is promoted, in what is very challenging and difficult circumstances. Download ShareContinue reading “Care Home Infection Control Top Tips”

Design Principles for Extra Care Housing

This updated Housing LIN Factsheet no 6, now in its 3rd edition, describes key design principles and issues to consider when developing a brief for a new Extra Care Housing development. Of particular significance, it has also been updated to address health and safety considerations following Grenfell, the avoidance of overheating and, more recently, theContinue reading “Design Principles for Extra Care Housing”

Care homes and the spread of COVID-19

Care homes and the spread of COVID-19 | PSSRU Many of us will have relatives and friends that live or work in a care home and so we will have some idea of what is going on within them during the pandemic through both this and the increasing press coverage. As we hear the newsContinue reading “Care homes and the spread of COVID-19”