‘Ambitions for change’

Report on improving healthcare in care homes launched British Geriatrics Society, 10 August 2021 The British Geriatrics Society has published a report aimed at improving the quality of healthcare for care home residents. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on older people, with 35.6% of the 130,000 deaths in the UK occurring inContinue reading “‘Ambitions for change’”

The Retirement Village and Extra Care Housing in England: Operators’ Experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The RE-COV Study findings make essential reading on how the sector mobilised quickly to respond to COVID-19 related deaths in their schemes last year, especially when much of the spotlight was on the crisis in care homes at that time. Download the Executive Summary The RE-COV Study reveals: The overall lower than expected proportion ofContinue reading “The Retirement Village and Extra Care Housing in England: Operators’ Experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Bill 203, More Than a Visitor Act (Caregiving in Congregate Care Settings), 2020 – Legislative Assembly of Ontario

EXPLANATORY NOTE The Bill enacts the More Than a Visitor Act (Caregiving in Congregate Care Settings), 2020 which requires the Minister to respect and promote certain rights for persons receiving care, support or services in congregate care settings and their designated caregivers.  The Minister is also required to safely integrate designated caregivers that were excludedContinue reading “Bill 203, More Than a Visitor Act (Caregiving in Congregate Care Settings), 2020 – Legislative Assembly of Ontario”

Open communications in the time of COVID-19

Thought it would be worth circulating this from June 2020 again as things can get fraught on the communications front: (ed) https://www.relres.org/keeping-connected/ The Relatives & Residents Association and the National Care Forum have created a joint statement setting out shared expectations and good practice on the importance of clear, open and regular communications during theContinue reading “Open communications in the time of COVID-19”

COVID-19: visiting long-term care homes | Ontario, Canada

From Ontario, Canada there are points of learning for those devising visiting policy, procedure and practice. The policy that long-term care homes must follow is to protect residents, staff and visitors and includes sections as follows: Introduction Guiding principles LTC home responsibilities Types of visitors Access to homes Screening Essential Visitors General Visitors Managing SafeContinue reading “COVID-19: visiting long-term care homes | Ontario, Canada”

“Take Me With You” Trailer – Barbara

The Dementia Services Development Trust (www.dementiatrust.org.uk) were signatories with the Residential Forum and many others on the coalition on visiting in care homes.They have asked me to send you a link to a film drama that they have made about the visiting issue, hoping that you might view it and engage with the contents. AContinue reading ““Take Me With You” Trailer – Barbara”

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?”

‘Words come alive’

Des Kelly, Forum Trustee, on the launch of Bringing the Inside Out – a new book of poems uses the voice of people living with dementia  What a year 2020 turned out to be for everyone, especially those in the care home sector. Uplifting news has certainly been in short supply. How wonderful therefore toContinue reading “‘Words come alive’”

“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”