This Joseph Rowntree Foundation review explores learning from: (a) care in residential services for children and young people, (b) residential services and supported housing for people with learning disabilities and (c) hospice care. The report explores the possibility of transferring and applying these generalisable findings and good practice into care homes for older people.
” …working with people who use services and their families can improve experiences of care. At an individual level, this includes joint decision-making and involving residents in planning care and managing personal risks. At an organisational level, this means increased participation in formal inspections e.g. peer inspectors, greater links with the community and volunteer working”.
Burtney, L. Figgett, D. [and] Fullerton, D. [et al] (2014). Learning for care homes from alternative residential care settings. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), April 2014.
There is also an Executive Summary.
Models Less Worthy of Emulation?
Of course, there will be examples of practice in these alternative settings which are less than ideal. The Learning Disabilities Census Report for England (30 September 2013, Further analysis) from the Health and Social Care Information Centre found that 68% of service users had been given major tranquilisers leading up to Census day; 93% of whom received them on a regular basis. There is a statistical link, apparently, between use of hands-on restraint and the administration of these drugs.
Buchanan, M. (2014). Care home residents ‘doped up’, survey finds. London: BBC Health News, April 30th 2014.
This relates to:
Background Quality Report: Learning Disabilities Census Report, Further Analysis. England, 30 September 2013. London: Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), Updated: April 29th 2014.