Care Home Cymru

Supporting Care Homes and Carers to improve the quality of care for older and vulnerable people across Wales. Care Home Cymru is one of the programmes that sit within Improvement Cymru, and are experts in developing, embedding and delivering system wide improvements across health and social care for the NHS in Wales. We work closelyContinue reading “Care Home Cymru”

Places like home

A really good and significant blog from Lucy Series that warrants setting aside the time to read and digest…. (the opinion of the Residential Forum) “Home is not the same as being ‘homely’ or ‘homelike’ – it is not about murals or pictures or wallpaper or knick-knacks, tablecloths and doilies. It is not even aboutContinue reading “Places like home”

You are leaving it too late to save your Care Home

There is a universal truth….. A Care Home will ALWAYS reflect its manager. This is a hard truth but true all the same. I have seen it again and again. The life of a care home is not a straight line. It has ups and downs, good times and bad times. Things can sometimes getContinue reading “You are leaving it too late to save your Care Home”

Partnerships for Progress

Ty Seren is a Residential Family Centre in Bridgend, South Wales that is operated by Partnerships for Progress (PfP). They “offer a service to families that face the prospect of children being removed from their parents’ care, but who, with the right support, may develop their abilities to continue to care for their children onContinue reading “Partnerships for Progress”

Use of dolls

Using dolls in dementia care (doll therapy) Many people with dementia are soothed and comforted by holding a doll or soft toy animal. Read our tips for trying ‘doll therapy’ with the person you care for. How dolls can help people with dementia Tips for using a doll or soft toy with a person withContinue reading “Use of dolls”

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”

The Supported Living Property Podcast

Lisa Brown discusses all things relating to Supported Living Property Investing. Visit website Available episodes: 3 days ago Chris Wild – The Care Review and property for young people In this episode Chris Wild talks about children’s care system and his concerns for the currently unregulated support provision for young people in care who areContinue reading “The Supported Living Property Podcast”

Hospice In Your Care Home – Wigan and Leigh Hospice

About the service When the service first launched in 2015, it was commissioned to support nursing homes, with the aim of expanding to reach out to residential homes over time. Care homes are an increasingly important setting for palliative and end of life care, with around 1 in 5 people in the UK spending theirContinue reading “Hospice In Your Care Home – Wigan and Leigh Hospice”

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

Amanda Clarke, Share and Care, Homeshare on 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. Source: Why weContinue reading “Why we should be looking at alternative housing options for older people”

Proposed national standards for unregulated accommodation

A consultation on the proposals, published on 24 May 2021, lists four standards – leadership and management, protection, accommodation, and support. Deadline: The consultation closes on 19 July 2021. CYP Now Source: https://www.cypnow.co.uk/news/article/government-sets-out-proposed-national-standards-for-unregulated-accommodation

What becomes of the open-hearted: Supporting resilience in children’s homes staff

Margaret Davies, Trainer and Consultant at Children’s Homes Quality, explains importance of supporting resilience in children’s homes staff. Social Work Today, 03/06/21 Children in care need staff who can connect with them open-heartedly, yet the experience of working in the residential sector is often personally intense and challenging. Staff are commonly at risk of experiencingContinue reading “What becomes of the open-hearted: Supporting resilience in children’s homes staff”

You wait 3 decades for a review of children’s care and 7 come along at once

22nd March 2021 Jonathan Stanley There is a serious issue to be resolved. There are 7 government or parliamentary reviews that are placing demands on the small residential child care sector. Each demands intense attention by the sector, each is slightly different, and there is overlap. The NCERCC publication ‘Reviewing the reviews from residential childContinue reading “You wait 3 decades for a review of children’s care and 7 come along at once”

Moving in and out of extra care housing – the possibilities and practicalities for people living with dementia

Housing with care and support for people living with dementia is a hot topic. What is the best option, and when should a person living with dementia move from their own home to one where there is more support? There is no silver bullet – every person is different.  But over the years some lessonsContinue reading “Moving in and out of extra care housing – the possibilities and practicalities for people living with dementia”