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New research aims to improve quality in care homes

Author: Leila Hawkins
19 July 2017

New research aimed at improving the care and wellbeing of older people living in care homes has been published by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Advancing Care - Research with care homes, features findings from 23 studies on living well, ageing well and dying well in care homes. It also highlights ongoing projects that explore new ways of researching in this important, emerging field.

The publication’s aim is to inform and inspire health and social care professionals, researchers, residents and their relatives. Throughout there are examples of best practice to guide those working in the sector and those conducting research, to aid better collaboration with one another for the benefit of the care homes' residents.

The studies have been either fully or partially funded by the NIHR, and created with the input of health and social care professionals, researchers and service leaders, including Professor Martin J Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Person-centred Care at NHS England, and Sharon Blackburn, Policy and Communications Director at the National Care Forum.

Commenting on the research, Professor Martin J Vernon said:

"Research can help care homes to support residents to live well, age well and to achieve a comfortable and dignified death. We also need to work well together, joining up the services of NHS and other professionals with staff working day and night in care homes. There is more to be done, but this report shows how research is addressing some of the real challenges for those working and living in homes."

To view the report visit  Advancing Care - Research with care homes

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