‘You need to work towards going back to foster care’

…how the narrative around children’s homes puts blame on young people by John Radoux, May 2019 Residential children’s homes are often seen as a last resort or second best to foster homes, and that has an effect on some children in care. Others have written and spoken eloquently about the use of language – IContinue reading “‘You need to work towards going back to foster care’”

“Don’t Call Me Sweetie” – The Curious Case Of Aged Care Language And Terminology –

Surely, staff that has been deemed competent enough to be able to provide care for vulnerable human beings should also be capable of understanding the effects their words have on residents and using terminology that best suits their individual relationships with them. And, If all else fails, asking a resident how they prefer to beContinue reading ““Don’t Call Me Sweetie” – The Curious Case Of Aged Care Language And Terminology –”

I’m not your ‘good girl’ – why older people don’t like being spoken to like a baby

Caroline Egan, March 2021 Calling older people names like ‘sweetie’ or ‘dear’ is quite common in aged care homes. But researchers have found that when aged care workers speak to older people as though they are children, it creates the perception of incompetence, and that can lead to a downward spiral. What is ‘elderspeak’? ElderspeakContinue reading “I’m not your ‘good girl’ – why older people don’t like being spoken to like a baby”

“Care Home”

While we’re being timely, in addition to “jab,” Gigi Simeone mentioned that she had come across U.S. writers/speakers using “care home,” where normally, she said, Americans would say “nursing home.” I wasn’t aware of ever encountering “care home” in a source from any nationality, so I looked it up in the OED, which has aContinue reading ““Care Home””

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”

Home – Rewriting social care

“We all want to live in the place we call home with the people and things that we love, in communities where we look out for one another, doing the things that matter to us. That’s the #SocialCareFuture we seek.” We all want to live in the place we call home. It’s a core elementContinue reading “Home – Rewriting social care”