So, what is cohousing?

Keryn Curtis, October 28, 2020 Cohousing?  Before talking about what cohousing IS, it is important to be very clear about what it ISN’T.  Cohousing is NOT a 21st century name for a commune or a kibbutz or a student share house or whatever concept might spring unbidden to your mind’s eye. Nup.  Let’s be clearContinue reading “So, what is cohousing?”

Why we should be looking at alternative housing options for older people

Amanda Clarke, Share and Care Homeshare, 14/06/21 Homeshare arrangements not only support wellbeing, relieve pressure on overstretched health services they support mental health and isolation. Amanda Clarke makes a compelling case for why we need more Homeshare and particularly for older people who were severely impacted by the pandemic in England.  We need to endContinue reading “Why we should be looking at alternative housing options for older people”

The Care Model That Could Help Solve the Social Care Crisis, Shared Lives Plus

The Shared Lives network offers adults who need support the chance to move in with or regularly visit approved carers around the UK. Sharing family and community life is at the heart of its care model, creating real and organic relationships between people and families – some of which have lasted over 40 years. CEOContinue reading “The Care Model That Could Help Solve the Social Care Crisis, Shared Lives Plus”

Spare room, 3 microwaved meals a day and conversation does not a substitute for care make!

Clive Bowman – Residential Forum member, medical doctor and director, experienced NED and Chair in Health and Care comments on the proposed scheme to send patients recovering from operations in Southend hospital to nearby homes where they would be put up in a spare room while they recuperate. The “gig economy” is probably a lastingContinue reading “Spare room, 3 microwaved meals a day and conversation does not a substitute for care make!”

Learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges: service design and delivery: Draft guidance consultation

NICE has written some guidance about how services should work for people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges. They want to know what you think about it. The draft guidance has quite a lot to say about residential placements for both children and adults. It appears to suggest that care homes are aContinue reading “Learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges: service design and delivery: Draft guidance consultation”