Building a multi-generational neighbourhood

St Thomas’ Gardens, Stockport Dementia-friendly care facility, The Academy of Living Well, a 70-bed intermediate care and dementia facility is planned for the North-eastern end of the site. The Academy is a new facility which supports transitional care needs including; step up / step down, discharge to assess, rehabilitation and respite alongside dementia care inContinue reading “Building a multi-generational neighbourhood”

John the legend can tame a goldfish!

01 June 2021 By Kat Sowden, Managing Director, Persona Care and Support John can catch a goldfish with his bare hands. It’s one of his strengths. How did I find this out? When the staff at his dementia day service were cleaning out Norman’s tank John decided to help – by thrusting his hand intoContinue reading “John the legend can tame a goldfish!”

New age living: Can urban retirement villages transform town centres?

Retirement communities in urban areas can release underused housing, relieve pressure on health services and revive town centres. They can also rewrite our social contract with the elderly, argues Guy Flintoft (8 minute read)…read in full at… Source, The Planner: https://www.theplanner.co.uk/features/new-age-living-can-urban-retirement-villages-transform-town-centres

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”

Relationship-Centred Practice

First published in NAPA’s The Activity Providers Magazine (issue 1, summer 2021). We’ve all heard the phrase ‘a rough diamond’ to describe something  that has potential which is not immediately obvious at first look. The same could be said of human beings who do not have access to the best conditions for their self-development. Relationship-CentredContinue reading “Relationship-Centred Practice”

5 trends will ‘future-proof’ senior living industry in 2021

Kimberly Bonvissuto, News – McKnight’s Senior Living More than 85 independent living, assisted living and memory care leaders joined together at the International Council on Active Aging Forum in November. Together, they identified a philosophy and infrastructure of the “optimal community,” which offers lifestyle and services desired by current residents, with the quality-of-life features futureContinue reading “5 trends will ‘future-proof’ senior living industry in 2021”

‘The Primacy of ‘Home’: An exploration of how older adults’ transition to life in a care home towards the end of the first year

Marie O’Neill, Assumpta Ryan, Anne Tracey, Liz Laird First published: 26 November 2020 https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13232 What is known about this topic? The extent to which individuals exercise control over the decision to move to a care home is recognised as an important determinant of their relocation experience. Most studies report that care home environments can beContinue reading “‘The Primacy of ‘Home’: An exploration of how older adults’ transition to life in a care home towards the end of the first year”

So much more than a tenancy with support

Realising the Potential of Extra Care Housing Published on January 24, 2021 LinkedIn Martin Routledge, Helen Sanderson and Sharon Wilton Pete had a passion for dogs – he had them as pets throughout his childhood, had trained them during his time in the armed forces and had worked with them in sheepdog trials for manyContinue reading “So much more than a tenancy with support”

Rapid review of the evidence on impacts of visiting policies in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic

Resources to support community and institutional Long-Term Care responses to COVID-19 November 1, 2020 Abstract: Most countries have restricted visits to care homes to prevent COVID-19 infections, however, concern is increasing about the negative impact of these restrictions on the health and wellbeing of care home residents and their families. We carried out a rapidContinue reading “Rapid review of the evidence on impacts of visiting policies in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic”

The impact of COVID-19 on social care workers’ workload, wellbeing and ability to provide care safely

Findings from the UK – Resources to support community and institutional Long-Term Care responses to COVID-19 The analysis of this survey points to many important issues that require immediate policy attention. The evidence of increased workload, stress and feelings of being unsafe at work calls for practice strategies and guidance to support care workers’ wellbeingContinue reading “The impact of COVID-19 on social care workers’ workload, wellbeing and ability to provide care safely”

‘I’m in touch with nature’

The care homes connecting residents with the outdoors Buildings designed to bring the benefits of the outdoors indoors give people happier, healthier lives. It’s not just residents who benefit: staff are also feeling uplifted in care homes that place an emphasis on bringing nature indoors. And that has a knock-on effect on the level ofContinue reading “‘I’m in touch with nature’”

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

Community-led housing and health: a comprehensive literature review – Power to Change This  review of the existing academic and grey literature on the relationship between community-led housing and health was commissioned by power to Change in Spring 2019. Academics from the University of the West off England used Barton and Grant’s ‘health map’ framework toContinue reading

Living well in care homes – RCOT

Keeping active is essential to living a fulfilling life. That applies to everyone, especially older people living in care homes. This resource is for residents, member of staff and care home managers. It offers best practice in supporting older people to enjoy daily activities that support their health and wellbeing. Sometimes it is best practiceContinue reading “Living well in care homes – RCOT”