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”

Overheating in care homes

Webinar on 24 March 2021 NB: You can skip the first 7 minutes introduction to this webinar (Residential Forum) Abstract In the coming decades the UK is expected to experience hotter and drier summers, and more frequent and intense heatwaves.  The UK also has a rapidly ageing population, with people aged 75 or over expectedContinue reading “Overheating in care homes”

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”

What happens if a care home closes?

There are different reasons why a care home may have to close permanently, perhaps because the building’s facilities are outdated or for financial reasons. Most care home closures are planned and residents will be consulted and informed well in advance. Closing a care home at short notice is rare Independent Age guide How to findContinue reading “What happens if a care home closes?”

Thousands of children in care being ‘failed by the state’ because of a broken residential care home market

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, has published a set of reports showing how the children’s residential social care system is broken and is failing many of the most vulnerable children, in particular those who are most at risk of falling through gaps in the system and becoming victims of criminal or sexual exploitation. Today’s reports […]Continue reading “Thousands of children in care being ‘failed by the state’ because of a broken residential care home market”

If I were in a Care Home now…….. — Which me am I today?

‘I use to like it here, but all the smiley faces have gone’…..a comment from a resident with dementia in a Care Home when everyone started wearing masks….. Our lives are ebbing away, yet there’s so much risk aversion about visiting.  For those of us living with dementia, our memories are our most treasured possessions […]Continue reading “If I were in a Care Home now…….. — Which me am I today?”

‘Waiting and Wanting’: older peoples’ initial experiences of adapting to life in a care home

A grounded theory study | Ageing & Society | Cambridge Core | Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 July 2020 Marie O’Neill[Opens in a new window] ,Assumpta Ryan ,Anne Tracey  and Liz Laird Abstract A grounded theory approach, consistent with the work of Strauss and Corbin, was used to undertake semi-structured interviews with 17Continue reading “‘Waiting and Wanting’: older peoples’ initial experiences of adapting to life in a care home”

“How-to Guide” on Care Home Visits after 2 December 2020

John’s Campaign’s https://johnscampaign.org.uk/post/jcs-how-to-guide-on-care-home-visits-after-2-december-2020 The Guidance in force after 2 December 2020 is available here and can be used to remind care home providers of their legal obligations. The Guidance provides that: Blanket bans on visits are not permitted. Care Homes must carry out individualised risk assessments regarding visits in line with their legal obligations underContinue reading ““How-to Guide” on Care Home Visits after 2 December 2020”

Charity Inquiry: The Royal National Institute of Blind People (226227) and RNIB Charity (1156629) – GOV.UK

This statutory inquiry report from the Charity Commission from June 2020 is worth a read. If you are a Trustee of a charity providing care home or children’s homes it is a tour de force of the must do aspects of governance. Conclusions The opening of the Commission’s inquiry into RNIB and RNIB Charity, andContinue reading “Charity Inquiry: The Royal National Institute of Blind People (226227) and RNIB Charity (1156629) – GOV.UK”

Helping to prevent pressure ulcers

A quick guide for registered managers of care homes Published: January 2019 Pressure ulcers can be serious and can lead to life-threatening complications, such as blood poisoning and gangrene. However, taking some simple steps can reduce the chance of pressure ulcers developing. This quick guide explains how to identify those at risk of developing pressureContinue reading “Helping to prevent pressure ulcers”

A protocol for an individualised, facilitated and sustainable approach to implementing current evidence in preventing falls in residential aged care facilities

Betty Haralambous, Terry P Haines, Keith Hill, Kirsten Moore, Jennifer Nitz and Andrew Robinson. February 2010 Abstract Background               Falls are common adverse events in residential care facilities. Commonly reported figures indicate that at least 50% of residents fall in a 12 month period, and that this figure isContinue reading “A protocol for an individualised, facilitated and sustainable approach to implementing current evidence in preventing falls in residential aged care facilities”

Positive Risk Taking

Trish O’Hara Posted on November 4, 2017 by Caroline Bartle Most of the choices that people make in life naturally involve some element of risk. Avoiding risks altogether can limit life opportunities, and impact negatively on quality of life.  People want choice and control for themselves and safety for those they care for. This isContinue reading “Positive Risk Taking”