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Optimising quality sleep among older people in the community and care homes: Some key findings from a four-year collaborative research project

Authors:
VENN Susan, et al
Journal article citation:
Generations Review, 20(4), October 2010, Online only
Publisher:
British Society of Gerontology

The SomnIA (Sleep in Ageing) project aimed to undertake a range of studies relating to understanding poor sleep in later life. SomnIA is a four year NDA Collaborative Research Project which comprises eight workpackages aimed at (a) understanding poor sleep in later life in the community and in care homes, (b) devising interventions to help with poor sleep in the community and in care homes, and (c) dissemination through academic and practitioner conferences and workshops, briefing papers and journal articles, and through the creation of a module on ‘Sleep problems in Later Life’ for the Healthtalkonline website. Key findings are presented.

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Find the right care home: a step-by-step companion

Authors:
HURTLEY Rosemary, JONES Julia Burton
Publisher:
Age Concern England
Publication year:
2008
Pagination:
192p.
Place of publication:
London

This book guides the reader step-by-step through the process of finding the right care home for a loved one.

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Improving oral health for adults in care homes

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
4
Place of publication:
London

This quick guide, developed for care home managers and their staff, explains how to achieve good oral health for people who live in care homes. Based on the NICE guideline on oral health for adults in care homes, it covers: how poor oral health can affect people’s ability to eat, speak and socialise normally; how to carry out an oral health assessment; the knowledge and skills care staff need to know to support residents maintain good oral health; and what the Care Quality Commission expects from care homes. The guide includes an oral health assessment tool and provides links to further information. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Managing risk, minimising restraint

Author:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2009
Pagination:
3p.
Place of publication:
London

This briefing examine the use of restraint in care homes and approaches to minimise its use. It presents some of the learning from a review of the literature on the use of restraint in care homes for older people and an exploration of practice. The briefing looks at what might constitute restraint, whether restraint is ever right, the links between risk and restraint and developing knowledge and skills.

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My home life: quality of life in care homes: a review of the literature

Author:
NATIONAL CARE HOMES RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FORUM
Publisher:
Help the Aged
Publication year:
2007
Pagination:
192p., bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

My Home Life is a new initiative aimed at improving the quality of life of those who are living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people. This review aims to find existing best practices in care homes and promote care homes as a positive option for older people. The project is working to help improve the quality of life in care home, through the development of a range of resources, events, practice development initiatives and other activities.

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The role of care homes in end of life care. Briefing 2: place and cause of death for permanent and temporary residents of care homes

Author:
NATIONAL END OF LIFE CARE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK
Publisher:
Public Health England
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
14
Place of publication:
London

This briefing paper describes recent trends in the demographics of people who receive end of life care in a care home, presenting data on the place and cause of death for permanent and temporary residents of care homes. It also provides analyses of variation by geographical region. It reports that nearly two thirds (62 per cent) of people who died in care homes have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease as an underlying or contributory cause of death. It is the second of two briefings produced by National End of Life Care Intelligence Network to describe the important role that care homes play in the care of people at the end of life. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Imagined bodies: architects and their constructions of later life

Authors:
BUSE Christina E., et al
Journal article citation:
Ageing and Society, 37(7), 2017, pp.1435-1457.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

This article comprises a sociological analysis of how architects imagine the ageing body when designing residential care homes for later life and the extent to which they engage empathetically with users. Drawing on interviews with architectural professionals based in the United Kingdom, the authors offer insight into the ways in which architects envisage the bodies of those who they anticipate will populate their buildings. Deploying the notions of ‘body work’ and ‘the body multiple’, this analysis reveals how architects imagined a variety of bodies in nuanced ways. These imagined bodies emerge as they talked through the practicalities of the design process. Moreover, their conceptions of bodies were also permeated by prevailing ideologies of caring: although the authors found that they sought to resist dominant discourses of ageing, they nevertheless reproduced these discourses. Architects’ constructions of bodies are complicated by the collaborative nature of the design process, where the authors' find an incessant juggling between the competing demands of multiple stakeholders, each of whom anticipate other imagined bodies and seek to shape the design of buildings to meet requirements. The findings extend a nascent sociological literature on architecture and social care by revealing how architects participate in the shaping of care for later life as ‘body workers’, but also how their empathic aspirations can be muted by other imperatives driving the marketisation of care. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Supporting people at the start of their care home journey: a warm welcome

Author:
WALES. Welsh Government
Publisher:
Welsh Government
Publication year:
2017
Pagination:
8
Place of publication:
Cardiff

This document provides suggestions on how people who work in a care home can provide a welcome pack for their residents. It aims to help care home staff provide clear information for people covering the issues that matter to them most, and explaining what they can expect from life in a care home. Suggestions for areas to cover include: respecting cultural identity and diversity, communication, social interaction, hobbies and interests; involving family and the local community; practical arrangements for day-to-day living; health care; costs; and making a complaint. (Edited publisher abstract)

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How to be LGBT+ friendly: guide for care homes

Authors:
PRIDE CYMRU, AGE CYMRU
Publisher:
Age Cymru
Publication year:
2016
Pagination:
3
Place of publication:
Cardiff

Leaflet produced by Age Cymru's Older LGBT+ Network and Pride Cymru providing a list of eight recommendations for care homes to help them improve provision for older LGBT people. The recommendations aim to ensure that LGBT people can live in an environment that is non judgemental and inclusive. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Bridging the gap: ensuring local authority fee levels reflect the real costs of caring for older people

Author:
BUPA
Publisher:
Bupa
Publication year:
2012
Pagination:
16p.
Place of publication:
London

In each of the last three annual rounds of fee setting, local authorities have failed to raise fees by a sufficient amount to cover care homes’ increased costs. In the financial year 2010/11, baseline fee rates paid by local authorities increased on average by 0.7%, compared with estimated care home cost increases of 2.1%. In the financial year 2011/12, the funding gap widened with average local authority increases of just 0.3% compared with estimated care home cost increases of 2.8%. This reports suggests that the failure to agree a sustainable funding structure for the future of social care has added a further £26 million to the financial black hole in just 12 months. The funding shortfall, which now stands at £892 million for this year, is the gap between the true cost of providing high quality care and the fees paid by local authorities to care home providers in England. Central Government funding cuts and the increasing needs of an ageing population has meant that many councils are paying below-inflation care home fees for the fourth year running.

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