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”

Tell me more

Care home resident engagement project The Tell Me More Project, funded by Welsh Government is all about reaching into care home settings and hearing from the residents so they can share their experiences and hopes for the future. The project recorded people’s voices via Zoom video and resident’s faces in the form of 2D andContinue reading “Tell me more”

Avoiding Burn Out of Care Home Workforce

AIMSThis small study focused on the resources available and used to support the wellbeing and mental health of frontline care workers (FCW) in care homes for older people. It had two aims; (1) to identify and collate key resources of relevance to FCWs and (2) to share these and other activities, initiatives and learning fromContinue reading “Avoiding Burn Out of Care Home Workforce”

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”

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…?”

To retain care home staff, we need to make sure they have access to better support

by Maya Haddad, Dr Alison Beck and Dr Katherine Belton Previous research has highlighted the risk factors associated with high stress among care home staff, including high staff turnover and absenteeism and staff malpractice. But the fragmentation of care home provision, both in terms of different types and sizes of providers of services and theContinue reading “To retain care home staff, we need to make sure they have access to better support”

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

Care Workers’ Charity Responds to Channel 4 Drama ‘Help’

We cannot praise ‘Help’ enough for the way it accurately portrayed the feelings of despair and abandonment felt by those who work in the sector… …We were pleased there was a focus on illustrating the importance of relationships in social care work… …people sacrificed their lives, mental health, and families to do their best. ThisContinue reading “Care Workers’ Charity Responds to Channel 4 Drama ‘Help’”

The dementia pandemic is coming and social care isn’t ready

John Ramsay, founder and MD of Social-Ability, warns that the UK is sleepwalking into a dementia crisis, only accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. As the social care sector struggles to keep up with demand, 50,000 people living with severe dementia are expected to be denied a bed by 2030.  Easing the pressure on social careContinue reading “The dementia pandemic is coming and social care isn’t ready”

‘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’”

Help starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham | Channel 4

Channel 4 releases first look image from Jack Thorne and Marc Munden’s Help. Help, set in a fictional Liverpool care home, tells the moving story of the relationship between a young care home worker (Comer) and a patient (Graham), whose lives are changed forever by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020. Source:Continue reading “Help starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham | Channel 4”

A good home must be a digitally connected home

Digital connectivity has become an essential part of what makes a good home, but many people are still missing out on the benefits. In this blog (9 August 2021), Ali Rogan, Good Home Inquiry Digital Consultant, talks about how the pandemic has fundamentally shifted our use and dependence on digital, the role it plays inContinue reading “A good home must be a digitally connected home”

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”