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Our vision is a world where all care homes for older people are great places to live, die, visit and work.

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Managing Transitions

‘We support people to manage the loss and upheaval associated with going into a home and helping them to move forward.’

Most of us would wish to be cared for in our own home, but increasing physical, mental and social frailty in older age does not always make this the best option. Moving into a care home is a major transition in life which may involve considerable losses but, with appropriate planning and support, it can bring benefits and improved quality of life for older people and their families. Many older people regain confidence and begin to ‘thrive’ when they start their new supported life in a care home.

“I have lived in this care home for two years…I have now rebuilt my life, thanks to the proprietor and staff. I now want to put the past behind me and live in the present and live as active a life as possible.”

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For relatives, it is important that they can contribute to decisions being made about their loved one’s care and are supported to deal with the emotional impact of the move on them and their loved one.
The transition for those moving into a home and their relatives can be eased if pressure on them is minimised:

  • if they have access to all relevant information to help them play a full and active role in the life of the home and, for relatives, in the care of the older person;
  • if they are able to work with staff;
  • if they are able to maintain ownership of decisions about the future;
  • if they feel that others are aware of the consequences of the move for them and their loved ones; and
  • if information is available on how to choose a home and how to ease the transition of moving.

Care homes as a style of both housing and care, can be a positive option. Entering a home can offer new opportunities. Initiatives that promote a proactive approach to decision-making, such as facilitating trial visits, should be encouraged.

Resources on this theme

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"Award winning service shares their learning on how to improve end of life support in care homes"

Blakesley House Nursing home have been working on improving their End of Life (EoL) services for residents. Throughout their strive to be better, they’ve achieved recognition for the second time from the Gold Standard Framework (GSF) Hallmark and have received the GSF Platinum award 2017-2020. Blakesley are among 20 care homes from across England to […]

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"The Baring Foundation’s David Cutler explains the magic happening in Wales"

  Wales has been creating magic with older people living in care homes by using the arts as a platform for engagement and meaningful activity. The cARTrefu project has been supported by My Home Life Cymru to provide training for the artists involved.  David Cutler, Director of the Baring Foundation has created a Blog explaining the work that […]

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