Tag: Environment/Design


Assessing the built environment in care homes

Posted on May 22nd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Assessing and changing the built environment of care homes can be essential if people with dementia are to live well. Stephen Abbott, Mary Birken and Julienne Meyer compare and contrast ways to go about it

Vol 25 No 3 May/June 2017 Page 32


The impact of improved environment in a care home

Posted on November 21st, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Stephen Abbott, Mary Birken and Julienne Meyer describe the findings of an evaluation of improvements in a care home for people with dementia, looking in detail at the views of care staff

Vol 24 No 6 Pages 23-25


‘Why don’t we go into the garden?’

Posted on February 23rd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Garden designers Mark Rendell and Debbie Carroll collaborated in 2013 to research why gardens around care homes, particularly for people with dementia, were not being used more. Here’s their story

Vol 23 No 2 Page 16-18


HC-One consults on using CCTV in residents’ rooms

Posted on May 27th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, June 2013

HC-One, the UK’s third largest residential care provider, has launched a consultation on whether visible CCTV cameras should be installed in all of its 226 care and nursing homes to deter and reduce possible abuse and neglect of residents.

The company commissioned a poll of more than 2000 British adults, asking whether they would support or oppose the cameras in care homes. Four in five (80%) supported the installation of visible cameras in care homes – and more than a third (36%) said they strongly supported the measure.

Should the scheme get the green light, HC-One care homes would operate an ‘opt-in’ scheme where residents and their relatives would be able to ask for cameras to be placed in their rooms.

HC-One is confirming that it intends to ask residents, families and staff if they would support such a measure. … Read More »


IT is often overlooked by care managers, says report

Posted on February 27th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. 1 Comment

Caring Times, March 2014

New technologies are routinely overlooked by care sector managers who are unclear of how software can contribute to delivering efficiencies and profitable growth.

These findings follow a report commissioned by Advanced Health & Care and partner division, Advanced Business Solutions , which looked at attitudes to IT and the types of software commonly used across the care sector. The research revealed less than a third of care organisations use IT to deliver service user information to staff, and just 22% are using software that allows staff to submit electronic time sheets.

Only half of those interviewed are using IT to monitor staff visits to service users, and just 35% to raise an alert if a visit is missed. Additionally, only 48% of care staff are using software capable of updating individual care records. Other software solutions, such as payroll … Read More »


The road to specialist dementia care

Posted on January 13th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Laura Bale, Jackie Pool, Susan Williams and Sharon Parsons describe a range of interventions to transform a general care setting into a specialist dementia care facility

Vol 22 No 1 January/February 2014 Pages 22-25


Promoting good design

Posted on January 13th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Maria Burke, Elizabeth Collier, Natalie Yates-Bolton and Rita Haworth-Lomax introduce the purpose and the work of a new dementia design network

Vol 22 No 1 January/February 2014 Page 18


Beyond risk: the rewards of nature

Posted on January 13th, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Garuth Chalfont say outdoor care environments can play a powerful therapeutic role in supporting people with dementia- but only if design and care practice issues are tackled together

Vol 21 No 6 November/December 2013 Pages 32-34


‘We want names’ says Care UK

Posted on December 31st, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, January 2014

Communities across Suffolk have had their thinking caps on to help name the new care homes that are part of Care UK’s £60m investment plan in partnership with Suffolk County Council.

Care UK colleagues, care home residents and relatives, and local members of the public have summoned creativity and inspiration to name five Suffolk care home developments so far. Sylvia Pearce, a resident at Place Court care home in Haverhill, and her daughter Barbara De Vita, are the recent winners of the competition to name the new development to be built in Haverhill.

Together they came up with ‘Cleeves Place’ by joining the name Place Court with Anne of Cleeves who was given a house in Haverhill on her marriage to Henry VIII. The originality of the name and its historical link with the town were reasons why ‘Cleeves … Read More »


Improving environments: new tools for the job

Posted on July 22nd, by jacob in Journal of Dementia Care. No Comments

Abigail Masterson, Sarah Waller and Maxine Grisley explain how a new set of tools to improve care environments has been developed, tested and put to good use

Vol 21 No 4 Page 20-22



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