ENRICHEnabling Research in Care Homes
Cardiff University – Care Home Research Priorities
Following an extensive consultation with Care Home staff and residents, Carfiff University has published what it believes to be new research priorities for care homes:
Final top 15 ranked priorities:
1) How can person-centred care be provided in care homes appropriate to the person’s individualised needs?
2) How can dignity be enhanced for residents in care home settings?
3) What are appropriate staffing levels in relation to the number of residents in care homes and their relative care needs?
4) What are the attitudes of inexperienced care home staff towards providing person-centred care, and can training and support improve awareness of the need for person-centred care?
5) What are the essential elements required when training carers working with older people in care homes?
6) How can early and appropriate discussion with older people in care home about end of life care be supported?
7) How can recruitment of carers with essential qualities such as compassion and empathy be improved by care homes?
8) How can best interest decisions made for care home residents with dementia be properly documented in care plans?
9) How can care homes be made to feel more like a home?
10) What is the public and media perception of care homes compared with other care settings, and what is the impact on care home staff attitudes?
11) What is the impact of levels of oral hygiene on the nutritional status of older people living in care homes?
12) How can families and healthcare professionals contribute to improving end of life care for older people in care homes?
13) What activities can improve the quality of life for care home residents with impaired vision or hearing?
14) How can the provision of visual aids enhance the quality of life of people with end stage dementia?
15) Can education strategies improve care home staff attitudes towards use of power and authority in their relationship with older people with cognitive impairments?