Care homes have long been neglected – the pandemic has shown us how bad things are

A topic of The Conversation Care homes have long been neglected, partly due to widespread privatisation and low levels of funding for social care. We should all hope that the coronavirus crisis marks a turning point – and a change that means care homes are finally given the funding, staffing and support they so desperatelyContinue reading “Care homes have long been neglected – the pandemic has shown us how bad things are”

‘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’”

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

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”

Did the UK Government Really Throw a Protective Ring Around Care Homes in the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Abstract: Journal of Long-Term Care Authors: Selina Rajan , Adelina Comas-Herrera, Martin Mckee https://journal.ilpnetwork.org/article/10.31389/jltc.53/ Context: COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted mortality in English care homes. Objectives: To examine COVID-19 policies for care homes in England and to describe providers’ experiences of those policies in May and June 2020. Methods: Mixed methods including policy analysis and anContinue reading “Did the UK Government Really Throw a Protective Ring Around Care Homes in the COVID-19 Pandemic?”

Care homes ‘could go to the wall’ as costs rise

dadziedaily: Mike Padgham, who runs four homes in North Yorkshire and is chairman of the Independent Care Group, said he was worried about the rising costs of the pandemic, from personal protective equipment (PPE) to extra staff to cover for those self-isolating as well as lost income from empty beds.  The  government is spending £600mContinue reading “Care homes ‘could go to the wall’ as costs rise”

How to work safely in care homes

New guidance for care homes This document provides guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers working in care homes and is also relevant for those providing residential supported living. This guidance is derived from, and should be read in conjunction with, full infection prevention and control (IPC) and PPE guidanceContinue reading “How to work safely in care homes”