Burstow promises action on improving care homes

Posted on July 24th, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

At the launch of the “My Home Life Big Care Home Conversation” on May 16 at the House of Commons, care services minister Paul Burstow told the audience of MPs, peers and care home professionals that  he warmly welcomed the opportunity offered for debate about care homes for older people and said action was also important.

“The forthcoming White Paper will make it plain that Government action will come, lots of it, across the spectrum,” said Mr Burstow.

The minister expressed his belief that “quality of care is absolutely critical and at the heart of that is an understanding that relationships matter”. He said imaginative care home managers made the difference “between a good care home and a great care home.”

Sara Young, a care home manager from Wiltshire, spoke of the empowering effect of the My Home life Action Learning Sets for managers which enable “already passionate people to gain the management skills to change cultures in their care homes.”

The Big Care Home Conversation is a national campaign led by My Home Life – a movement led by Age UK and supported by City University, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Dementia UK. The aim is to engage the public, for the first time, in a conversation about care homes for older people.

“We want older people to be at the heart of their local communities,” said Tom Owen, Director of My Home Life. For a month from 16th May, My Home Life invited all of the 250 care homes it works with across the UK to open their doors to the public.

Conversation trees

Members of the public were invited to events in care homes where they were asked the question: “What makes life good in care homes now, what could make them better – and how might we get there?”

They were able to write their responses on “leaves” hung on conversation trees set up in the homes. Thoughts and ideas recorded at the events and on the online tree at www.myhomelife.org.uk/get-involved/big-care-home-conversation/ will be collated and the results presented to Government.

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