Redefining Residential: Measuring Functional Outcomes

Adopted January, 2012 This is in a series of papers being issued by the Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) addressing critical issues and opportunities facing the field of residential treatment. ACRC is the longest standing USA national association focused exclusively on the needs of children and youth who require residential treatment, and their families.Continue reading “Redefining Residential: Measuring Functional Outcomes”

What is the real value of a Mock Social Care Inspection?

Martin Lowthian, Quality and Governance Expert, Posted 18 February 2020 “In social care, as a regulated sector, we have an obligation to ensure that we are providing a service that is, at the very least, compliant with the standards and regulations defined in the country or countries we provide care and support. In order toContinue reading “What is the real value of a Mock Social Care Inspection?”

Changing the game: moving regulation from ‘rate and rank’ to ‘reflect and learn’

How can regulators & regulated organisations have more human relationships? … Katie Rose and Andy Brogan, March 2021 …regulators are encouraged to ‘rate and rank’ providers, framing regulation as a score to be kept (and so inadvertently turning the regulation relationship into a game to be played). Within regulated organisations, their own internal performance managementContinue reading “Changing the game: moving regulation from ‘rate and rank’ to ‘reflect and learn’”

Children in Charge: the original proposal

Download the full paper: Children in Charge This paper, from November 2016, is an attempt at rethinking the systemic problems facing the funding and commissioning of care services and placements for children in need of care and adoption, across ALL types and specialisms of placement, from kinship care, through foster care, to residential care andContinue reading “Children in Charge: the original proposal”

Why the coronavirus has taken so many lives in US nursing homes

Why the coronavirus has taken so many lives in US nursing homes Three systemic failures that explain the coronavirus’s terrible toll in US nursing #carehomes By Dylan Scott on June 3, 2020 3:30 pm The novel coronavirus has taken an unimaginable toll in America’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities. At least 25,000 residents andContinue reading “Why the coronavirus has taken so many lives in US nursing homes”

Could self-management work in care homes? A fully scalable self-managing approach to care homes would perhaps look something like this: Small, ‘home-sized’ care homes or using a household model, with teams recruited who had the skills and aptitude to self-manage, sharing responsibility rather than leaning on a traditional management structure. Those small, largely autonomous businessesContinue reading

How different are elderly care systems around the world?

With quality of life improving and medical care advancing across the globe, the human population is ageing. An investigation into how elderly care systems differ on a country-by-country basis, with some more reliant on state support than others UK, USA, Canada, Italy, Belgium and Germany covered in the INFORMATION

PROMOTING SUCCESSFUL TRANSITIONS BEYOND INSTITUTIONAL CARE: A PROGRAMME-BASED SERVICE DELIVERY MODEL LINKED TO A CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

This paper reports on findings from an evaluation study of two institutions providing transition programmes to adolescent girls transitioning from institutional care in Zimbabwe. The study sought to determine gaps between the actual services being delivered and the expected performance standards, and how this affects the achievement of sustainable livelihoods. These gaps can be overcomeContinue reading “PROMOTING SUCCESSFUL TRANSITIONS BEYOND INSTITUTIONAL CARE: A PROGRAMME-BASED SERVICE DELIVERY MODEL LINKED TO A CASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM”

Robotics in Social Care: A Connected Care EcoSystem for Independent Living

In this white paper, the UK-RAS Network looks at the emerging crisis in UK social care and presents their vision for creating a connected care ecosystem linking home, residential and hospital care as a continuum. It points out that a priority for the UK government is to care for older people and those living withContinue reading “Robotics in Social Care: A Connected Care EcoSystem for Independent Living”

System transformation and care homes: a discussion document

Despite being recognised by the US-based Commonwealth Fund as the most equitable and efficient healthcare system in the world1, the NHS is currently in the midst of the most serious financial crisis since its inception, the implications of which, and especially in regards to quality, are increasingly visible. As part of a concerted effort fromContinue reading “System transformation and care homes: a discussion document”