Overview for My Research Project

‘My Nature’: A Training Toolkit for Care Home Staff

We are passionate about the natural environment and believe that nature is good for the health and wellbeing of older people living in care homes.  For over 20 years, Sensory Trust has been developing a range of projects promoting sensory approaches to the natural environment in the belief that it brings social, health and wellbeing benefits.  Four years ago, we collaborated on a project to synthesise qualitative evidence (words) on how older people (including those with dementia) describe their sensory engagement with the outside world. 

Written by Noreen Orr, Research Fellow, NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC), University of Exeter, Wendy Brewin, Creative Spaces Project Manager, Sensory Trust, and Ruth Garside, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School on Friday October 19, 2018
Category: My Research Project - Tags: carehomeresearch, nihr


Incorporating Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) into Dementia Research: Alzheimer’s Society Research Network & the DCM™ EPIC trial

The Dementia Care Mapping (DCM™) Enhancing Person-centred care in Care Homes (EPIC) clinical trial aimed to understand whether DCM™ reduced behaviours that are often associated with agitation for people living with dementia in care homes.

Written by Alys Griffiths, Research Fellow, Leeds Beckett University on Wednesday June 27, 2018
Categories: My Research Project, Setting up a study - Tags: dementia, ppi, research, Leeds

Improving the Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) in Care Homes

In this blog post, Emma Randle, who is the Clinical Studies Officer (CSO) at The National Centre for Mental Health, The Barberry, Birmingham, reflects on the MEDREV study, which was led by Dr Ian Maidment, a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy at Aston University. The study tested the feasibility of staff training (for care home staff and GPs) and medication review (by specialist pharmacists) to limit inappropriate prescribing of psychotropics for Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) in people with dementia in care homes.

Written by Emma Randle, Clinical Studies Officer (CSO) at The National Centre for Mental Health, The Barberry, Birmingham on Monday June 4, 2018
Category: My Research Project - Tags: carehome, dementia

Research Opportunity: Isolation and loneliness for people with sight loss in care homes (the INSIGHT Study)

It is estimated that over half of older people living in care homes have some form of sight loss. Research shows that people with sight loss are at greater risk of social isolation and loneliness than their sighted peers. Admission to residential care has also been found to be correlated with isolation and loneliness in older people. However, evidence to support delivery of good practice in preventing, recognising, and addressing isolation and loneliness for people with sight loss in care homes is limited.

Written by Lakshini Mendis on Wednesday May 16, 2018
Category: My Research Project - Tags: carehomeresearch, sightloss, loneliness, ENRICH, Yorkshire, Humber, WestMidland, EastMidland, NorthWestCoast