care homes

Living well with dementia : a National Dementia Strategy : accessible summary

Booklet summarising the UK Government's plans to improve health and social care services in England for dementia sufferers and their carers.

Living well with dementia : the National Dementia Strategy : implementation plan

Document setting out the governance arrangements for the UK Government's dementia strategy for England at national, regional and local level over a five-year period.

Care homes for older people: national minimum standards

Brief guide to the national minimum standards for care homes for older people in England covering topics such as what to expect from care homes, rights and complaints procedures.

Care homes for older people : national minimum standards

Document laying out national minimum standards issued by the Secretary of State for Health which apply to care homes providing accommodation, nursing or personal care to older people.

SCIE Report 25: minimising the use of 'restraint' in care homes - challenges, dilemmas and positive approaches

The report describes findings from a small-scale study commissioned by SCIE, which was undertaken as part of the My Home Life programme, a national programme aimed at supporting quality of life for those living, dying, visiting and working in care homes. The study seeks to shed light on the complexity of the issues facing care homes and to explore how managers and staff have developed strategies for avoiding or minimising the use of restraint.

SCIE research briefing 1: Preventing falls in care homes

Research concentrates on how falls in care homes might be prevented in an active way: in this, individualised falls/risk assessment forms an important part. But there is little agreement between studies on the interventions that work consistently well. The term "care homes" includes residential care homes, nursing homes and intermediate care facilities.

Better care every step of the way

More than 40% of care homes in Scotland need to improve the support they offer people with life-limiting illnesses and those who require palliative and end of life care, according to a new report from Scotland’s care watchdog.

This report reflects the findings of 1036 inspections and three investigations carried out by the Care Commission at care homes for older people between April 2007 and March 2008.

A review of free personal and nursing care

Report which evaluates the robustness of financial planning, monitoring and reporting arrangements for FPNC at both national and local level. It examines the costs and funding allocations for FPNC across all Scottish councils and identifies the financial impact of FPNC on older people, the Scottish Government and councils.

Handled with care?: managing medication for residents of care homes and children's homes - a follow up study (CSCI special study report)

Report of a study which followed up an investigation by the National Care Standards Commission in 2004 into the management of medication in care and children's homes in England which found homes were not performing well in this area.

The follow up study found some improvement but not enough to be wholly satisfactory.