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My home life: promoting quality of life in care homes

Policy product type: LGiU essential policy briefing

Published date: November 20, 2012

Author: Christine Heron, LGiU Associate

Issues covered:

  • Adult social care
  • residential care

Recent years have seen a fresh round of scandals about poor quality care in a range of residential settings. This research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) presents a practical vision for how residential care for older people can be a positive experience. It makes recommendations for commissioners and providers on how relationship-centred care can become the norm. It suggests that the drive to increase care in peoples own homes has meant that care homes are seen, and see themselves, as the place of last resort with a knock on effect on status and confidence.

Recent information shows that the number of people supported by councils who are admitted to residential care homes has risen. This report and other developments aimed at increasing quality of care, also covered in this briefing, are timely and important.

The briefing will be of interest to members and officers working in adult social care involved with residential care but also for councillors and officers in district councils who are concerned with promoting links between care homes and their residents and local communities.

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