Activities should be a vital component of good care but are often neglected. William McMorran visited two exemplary day time activity centres abroad and argues that there are important lessons which could easily be carried over to residential care in the UK
Vol 26 No 1 Pages 24-27
Home-like environments with vibrant colours should be a key feature of care home design. But Liz Fuggle and colleagues argue that there is another vital principle: less is more!
Vol 25 No 6 Pages 14-15
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
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
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
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 »
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 »
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
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
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