Memories, identity and homeliness: the social construction of mealtimes in residential care homes in South Wales

Abstract Mealtimes in residential care homes are fundamentally social occasions, providing temporal structure to the day and opportunities for conversation and companionship. Food and drink are imbued with social meanings and used to express and create relationships between people. There is a dearth of research exploring care home residents’ mealtime experiences in the United Kingdom.Continue reading “Memories, identity and homeliness: the social construction of mealtimes in residential care homes in South Wales”

‘Knowing me, knowing you’

An exploration of the views and experiences of nursing home residents and staff on their nursing home as ‘home’ Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 July 2021 Assumpta A. Ryan and Kevin Moore Abstract The overall aim of this grounded theory study was to explore the context of a nursing home as ‘home’ from theContinue reading “‘Knowing me, knowing you’”

What is the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium?

Why might you want to join Dementia is a major challenge for all of us and has escalated in importance on the public policy agenda. With the right support and early diagnosis people living with dementia can have a good quality of life. We know housing is a major part of the solution to livingContinue reading “What is the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium?”

“Feeling at Home”

Professor Christine Bigby, co-author of ‘Group Homes for People with Intellectual Disabilities’ (2009), introduces the Feeling at Home webinar on research and policy relating to the concept of ‘homeliness’ as a feature of group homes for people with learning disabilities. Watch on YouTube:

Promoting child-friendly approaches in the area of migration

A review of standards, guidance and practices from 2019 Stephanie Rap, Council of Europe Worth a read – although there is a lot of it! Download the PDF from Academia Source:

SWOP: Exploring social work with older people

This research project will make recommendations about how social workers can best support older people and carers, including how they work with other agencies. We will identify how the government and employers can best invest in, support and recognise social work knowledge and skills.  The Residential Forum suggest that some of the aspects of effectiveContinue reading “SWOP: Exploring social work with older people”

Thinking about research in care homes

The Care Home Action Researcher-in-residence Model (CHARM) Framework manual is now available to download: The CHARM Framework ManualDownload A step-by-step guide for care homes to conduct their own research projects An online library of resources from the CHARM manual is provided Here

A Forgotten Crisis: Adults who have been in Care Struggling with Poor Health and High Mortality

Sophia Alexandra Hall, 18 November 2021 “People who spent their childhoods in the UK’s care system are twice as likely to die prematurely, according to a report. Care leavers can often experience discrimination from both the state and from other people. They may face stigma or structural barriers that can have a long-term impact onContinue reading “A Forgotten Crisis: Adults who have been in Care Struggling with Poor Health and High Mortality”

Institutions for Deaf Children

An illustrative page from which documents the detailed history of children’s homes in Britain – orphanages, homes for those in poverty, or with special needs, reformatories…. Once you start exploring this site you could become engrossed… Source: Institutions for Deaf Children

The influence of day care centres designed for people with dementia on family caregivers

A qualitative study | Open Access | 2017 Abstract Background Dementia is one of the most challenging age-related illnesses for family caregivers, whose care-related burden is well known. Research indicates that day care centres (DCCs) can reduce the caregiver burden and help family caregivers to cope with demands; however, the current body of knowledge isContinue reading “The influence of day care centres designed for people with dementia on family caregivers”

Wear to Care

Exploring the issue of uniforms in care homes A project with Care UK to explore how residents, relatives and members of staff in two Care UK care homes feel about staff uniforms. Suzanne Mumford, Care UK’s Head of Nursing, Care and Dementia Services had already started looking into the issue of uniforms, identifying arguments forContinue reading “Wear to Care”

Ageing and Assisted Living in the USA

Senior’s Are Living Longer than Ever/// Life expectancy jumped by 10 years since 1960, and by 2060, it’s expected to rise from 79 to 85. The Aging Population Is Growing at a Rapid Rate/// In the last 10 years, the senior population has increased by and it’s expected to double from 49 million to 98Continue reading “Ageing and Assisted Living in the USA”

The residential practice framework: Integrating research and knowledge with practice

Marie Connolly 2009, but still lots of interesting stuff on residential care from New Zealand Child, Youth and Family journal – including a practice framework. Social Work Now source:

Living in Children’s Homes

This short study published 10 years ago provides an insight into the nature of children’s residential homes, the characteristics and circumstances of the young people who lived in them and on the short-term outcomes for these young people. It built on other research for the Department for Education (DfE) Raising the Bar? An Evaluation ofContinue reading “Living in Children’s Homes”

The Therapeutic Care Journal

John Diamond summarises what is included this month… “The first paper is by Mark Brady who is a service manager at Amicus Foster Care. In his paper ‘Can Youth Work Underpinned by Therapeutic, Mental Health and Wellbeing Principles Promote Confidence and Resilience?’ Mark writes “In October 2020 I set up several youth groups and activities toContinue reading “The Therapeutic Care Journal”