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…”

Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System

Elizabeth Wettlaufer is Canada’s first known healthcare serial killer (HCSK). [1] In June 2017, she was convicted of eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder, and two counts of aggravated assault (the Offences). She committed the Offences between 2007 and 2016 in the course of her work as a registered nurse. InContinue reading “Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System”

9 common nursing home hazards

Blog | Insurance Choice A key consideration when a family moves a relative into a nursing home is that person’s safety. Assisted living offers a safer environment than life at home on their own, and that can help family members make the decision that an elderly loved one will be better off in a care.Continue reading “9 common nursing home hazards”

“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””

Transition to Care Home Nursing

The Queen’s Nursing Institute Transition to Care Home Nursing is an information resource for nurses working in a care home setting. The resource, written by Queen’s Nurse Sharon Aldridge-Bent, is structured into ten chapters on subjects including the fundamentals of nursing care, safe working and regulation, adults at risk, dementia care, building relationships with family,Continue reading “Transition to Care Home Nursing”

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

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”

The Beginning – The Art of Candour

“The truth does not require a majority to prevail, ladies & gentleman. The truth has its own power” (Limbaugh) Source: The Beginning – The Art of Candour This blog has been set up to talk about the truth of what social care workers, managers and people who live in social care have experienced during theContinue reading “The Beginning – The Art of Candour”

Uncovering the Devaluation of Nursing Home Staff During COVID-19: Are We Fuelling the Next Health Care Crisis?

Published in June 2020 this item from the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association remains worth a read for all care home owners, managers/workforce and commissioners. As the COVID-19–related mortality rate of nursing home residents continues to rise, so too will the rates of mortality and morbidity of staff who care for them, aContinue reading “Uncovering the Devaluation of Nursing Home Staff During COVID-19: Are We Fuelling the Next Health Care Crisis?”

What is the prevalence of loneliness amongst older people living in residential and nursing care homes?

A systematic review and meta-analysis | Age and Ageing | Oxford Academic Abstract Background The number of older people living in residential and nursing care homes is rising. Loneliness is a major problem for older people, but little is known about the prevalence of loneliness amongst older people living in care homes. Aim To undertakeContinue reading “What is the prevalence of loneliness amongst older people living in residential and nursing care homes?”