Vertical retirement villages: On the up!

Maarit Heinonen-SmithAssociate Director, IBI Group and Lead for Retirement Living & Senior Care, 08/07/21 Exploring the vertical retirement village concept Vertical villages combine all current living options available to older people in one large development, often vertically, consisting of 250-300 apartments in one development. They offer the full continuum of accommodation with care, from independentContinue reading “Vertical retirement villages: On the up!”

Providers of housing with care can better support people living with dementia in Extra Care Housing

A report published by the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium, titled provisions for people living with dementia in Extra Care Housing settings in the UK, describes an online survey to explore the provisions, policies and procedures relating to people living with dementia in Extra Care Housing within the UK. Informed by findings collected through aContinue reading “Providers of housing with care can better support people living with dementia in Extra Care Housing”

Care Homes: How to Provide Your Information Online

Taking the decision to move into care is usually hard, both for the potential resident themselves and their representatives. Given the highly emotional nature of the decision, often precipitated by a sudden decline in health, it means that it can be hard to read and understand information about a potential care home. Consumer law recognizesContinue reading “Care Homes: How to Provide Your Information Online”

Care Homes: How You Should Communicate Your Information

It is never an easy decision to move into care. It is usually a big step, only being finally taken when every other alternative has been explored and exhausted. The decision is charged with emotion;  often being taken by the person’s family at a time of crisis when their relative is in poor health. GivenContinue reading “Care Homes: How You Should Communicate Your Information”

Care Homes: Dealing With Complaints

There are well over 20,000 care homes across the UK. While the majority of residents are happy and fulfilled in the homes they live in and are satisfied with the care they receive, accidents, errors and misunderstandings can always happen. It could be a specific incident, a general complaint about service or a problem withContinue reading “Care Homes: Dealing With Complaints”

Care Homes & Consumer Law: Fair Trading

If you own or run a care home anywhere in the UK, you must ensure your residents are treated fairly under consumer law. This applies to both state-funded residents and those who pay their own fees. Care home owners and managers will need to be very clear about how consumer law applies to them andContinue reading “Care Homes & Consumer Law: Fair Trading”

Ageing in extra-care housing: preparation, persistence and self-management at the boundary between the third and fourth age

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2019 Eleanor K. Johnson, Ailsa Cameron, Liz Lloyd, Simon Evans, Robin Darton, Randall Smith, Teresa Atkinson and Jeremy Porteus Abstract Extra-care housing (ECH) has been hailed as a potential solution to some of the problems associated with traditional forms of social care, since it allows older peopleContinue reading “Ageing in extra-care housing: preparation, persistence and self-management at the boundary between the third and fourth age”

Thinking about a National Care (Home) Service

The Residential Forum at the recent AGM took the opportunity to refresh itself on some of the issues around the ideas of a national approach to social care and what this may mean for care homes. It has been the topic of debate at Forum workshops in the past and members are keen that theirContinue reading “Thinking about a National Care (Home) Service”

A Positive Future…

1988 and residential services were low in public esteem and those who were concerned that residential care should be of high quality and be properly valued for its contribution were greatly concerned. Hence the Wagner Report – A Positive Choice. Now, 32 years later, Gillian Wagner acknowedges the continuing efforts of the Residential Forum toContinue reading “A Positive Future…”

THINGS WE KNOW TO BE TRUE

Des Kelly OBE | Residential Forum Trustee | 24 December 2020 writes a seasonal blog: The AGM of The Residential Forum was held on 21 December – by Zoom of course! Maybe it was because members haven’t meet this year but there was an interesting discussion reflecting on events of 2020 and how they haveContinue reading “THINGS WE KNOW TO BE TRUE”