Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsLINDSAY DINGWALL: Hello, I'm Lindsay. And a very warm welcome to exploding perceptions of care home nursing. Generally, people are living longer, which is to be celebrated. But the number of years left isn't always the same as the number of healthy years left. And as we age, there's a likelihood, although it's not inevitable, that many of us will be living with one or more long term conditions. People live at home safely and well with long term conditions, but some people need to move into a care home to have their needs met safely and to improve their quality of life. Care home populations are projected to rise, especially for people who we call the old-old people age 85 and over.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsPeople with dementia are more likely to be living in a care home towards the end of their life and many people in care homes are severely frail. But it's not just older people who live in care homes. There are some younger people who for several reasons, including poor physical health, poor mental health, learning disabilities, or through being vulnerable also live in care homes. All these people with complex care needs and those who are nearing the end of their life deserve and need skilled nursing care. But research suggests that care home nursing isn't valued and care home nurses are overlooked as a population of nurses.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 secondsAnd when we think about the language used in relations to care homes and care home nursing, maybe that's not surprising. We hear things like, "I had to put mum in a care home," not, "Mum is going to live in a care home." We hear, "I'm only a care home nurse," or worse, "You're only a care home nurse." And even hear, "Well, you wouldn't catch me in a care home, I'd rather be dead." A care home manager said to me very recently that when people walk past a care home, they actually only imagine that they know what goes on behind these closed doors. So yes, some people do know.

Skip to 2 minutes and 29 secondsSome people work in care homes, some people live in care homes, and some people visit care homes, and people have an idea. But the rest of us, well, we maybe get some ideas through mainstream media, through social media and from what other people tell us. And maybe we don't have the full picture. So over this next four weeks in the course, we will explore more about what care home nurses do. The standards that they have to achieve, the issues that they face, what drives the decisions that they make, and how they can best achieve quality nursing for the people that they look after.

Skip to 3 minutes and 12 secondsThis week in week one, we will be looking at home care homes with nursing are and who lives in them. We'll look at the standards associated with care home nursing and we will look at our own attitudes towards ageing and getting older. And we will begin to consider the myths that may be associated with care homes and care home nursing. So join us on the first week of this journey and please let us hear through the discussion boards what you think.

Welcome to Care Home Nursing: Changing Perceptions

Why are care homes and care homes with registered nurses so important in today’s world?

Take a moment to think about the language we use in relation to care homes, residents and nurses - maybe you have used it too?

“I had to PUT mum in a care home”

“I’m ONLY a care home nurse”

“You wouldn’t catch me in a care home, I’d rather be dead”

Think for a moment about what this is actually saying about how we think?

We really want to hear from you…

Share your thoughts, experiences and opinions on why care homes and care home nursing is relevant and important to you.

Please be mindful that our registered nurses must follow The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Code and maintain confidentiality relating to patients, families and colleagues. We ask you to observe a similar code during your interactions with this course.

Whilst some of our content is dramatised, our team and contributors are real people, and much of the content is based on their experiences. Many of you will have experienced similar situations or know someone who has worked or lived in a care home - please be respectful.

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Care Home Nursing: Changing Perceptions

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