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Can home care visits be replaced with video communication?

Essex County Council has just completed a pilot project looking at whether it is possible to replace home care visits with video calls as part of reablement care packages. Here they discuss their findings and the role that they think video communication can play.

Cook Together, Share Together, Learn Together

Cook Together, Share Together is a pilot in North Halifax supporting five people with learning disabilities to match them with a volunteer to prepare, cook and share a meal together once a week.

From ‘successful’ to ‘useful’ – an exploration of failure

Determining the success or failure of social work interventions often relies on the application of measures that may overlook alternative unexpected outcomes or the multiple perspectives of people accessing services. Lydia Guthrie asks whether it is possible to move away from simplistic notions of ‘failure’ towards an approach that takes a broader view of outcomes and considers the experiences of people accessing services to determine the ‘usefulness’ of services instead.

Living fully until you die: where rehabilitation and palliative care come together

Rehabilitative Palliative Care is an approach which both challenges and complements traditional concepts of palliative care provision. It enables people to live with control, independence and dignity alongside advanced progressive illness right up until they die.

The role of social work in supporting strengths-based approaches with older people

We live in an ageing society. There are increasing numbers of older people (mainly very old) living with complex co-morbid conditions, such as dementia, who need support to manage daily living. Social work has a key contribution to make to improving this group of older people’s quality of life and wellbeing; promoting autonomy, independence and dignity; and helping to deliver personalised care.

Effective systems to support people with learning disabilities

Why is there a mismatch between policy expectations, the evidence base of what works, and the real experiences of adults with learning disabilities? Introducing the new Strategic Briefing on Effective Systems to Support People with Learning Disabilities, Rob Greig explores how changes to health and social care policy affects people with learning disabilities and services.

Why trust, time and small steps are key to working with people who hoard

Hoarding can have its origins in many underlying issues and forced clear-outs often only achieve a short-term fix. Making progress with people who hoard relies on building trust, understanding the root causes, and taking the time to make small steps. It is important to work closely with other agencies to ensure there is a consensus on potential risks and thresholds for concern, and coordinate agreed approaches to support the individual as well as keep them safe.

‘Just one person’

Older people persistently ask for a single, named coordinator for their social and health care. Services persistently fail to provide this – for all sorts of reasons, some better than others. How do we make progress on this?

Supporting older people in a strengths-based way

There is a lot of interest right now across the UK in ‘strengths-based’ approaches to care and support. These top ten tips will help to support working towards the Care Act 2014 requirement to ‘consider the person’s own strengths and capabilities, and what support might be available from their wider support network or within the community to help’.

From negative to positive - shifting the bias

What happens when we stop asking ‘what is wrong with you, what do you need’ and start asking ‘what things can you do, what matters to you’? If we move away from telling people what they need and start looking at what they can do already, what benefits might we see?

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