There are many different types of research which may be available for your particular Care Home. Participating in research can range from distributing leaflets about research to residents to helping conduct studies. The aim of supporting research is to help improve the quality of life for residents and other people living with dementia or other illnesses in Care Homes.
Most of the benefits of taking part in research will relate to each specific study in which you decide to take part in. However in general, benefits can include:
- Research may lead to better links with community services and other local Care Home networks
- New developments in providing care may reach your Care Home that are useful to everyday practice
- Research may assist in promoting your Care Home and lets residents and their families know your Care Home is actively involved in providing evidence-based practice.
- Research may contribute towards staff continuous professional development and Nurse’s re-validation.
Benefits of joining ENRICH Cymru include:
- Regular updates about upcoming research opportunities in Wales
- Endorsement on the www.carehome.co.uk website to promote your Care Home to prospective residents and their families.
- Access to free online training http://enrich.nihr.ac.uk/page/open-online-course
- Opportunities to attend research and training events
Joining the ENRICH Cymru network:
If a home wishes to join the ENRICH network, an ENRICH team member will contact the home manager to provide more information about the network, answer questions and to check that the home meets the network’s requirements. Ask your your National Research Coordinator about ways to get involved:
Stephanie Watts 01792 603024 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Current research opportunities in Wales:
‘Understanding and improving the mental well-being of older adults in residential care’
This research project is exploring ways to develop a better understanding of the mental well-being of older adults in residential care, and to explore ways to maintain, improve and promote it. The project involves a researcher coming to your home and asking residents to complete a short questionnaire which contains 14 questions and takes between 10 to 20 minutes to complete. The researcher will be on hand in case residents have any questions or need support while completing the questionnaire. The questionnaire asks about thoughts and feelings in general and does not focus on the resident’s experiences of living in a care home. For more information please do not hesitate to contact the lead PhD researcher, email: Caitlin Reid 609208@Swansea.ac.uk or phone: 07497 803203.
- The DECISION Study is a qualitative interview study exploring family members/friends' experiences of being involved in decisions about research, made on behalf of an adult who has impaired decision-making capacity https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/centre-for-trials-research/research/studies-and-trials/view/decision
If these research projects are not applicable to your home or residents, there may be other opportunities in the future to get involved in diferent projects.
A searchable database for current research opportunities is in development. Please check back regularly for updates and follow @EnrichCymru on twitter for the latest opportunities.
Care Home Research In Wales
Click here to read about the PAAD study, which investigated the use of probiotics in a Care Home setting. Click here to read about the PRINCESS study which explored whether probiotics can reduce rates of infection and/or the need for antibiotic treatment.
Resources for Care Home Staff
Click here to learn more about involving residents who may lack capacity and what to do if capacity changes during the course of a research study. Courtesy of Vicky Sheperd at Cardiff University: ShepherdVL1@cardiff.ac.uk
Research In Action
Click here to read about the experiences of Care Home Staff taking part in research around ‘Creative Conversations’: an arts-in-health approach to communication, a partnership between Bangor University, Flintshire Social Services, and Dementia Positive, that aimed to develop a care staff development programme using the arts to improve interactions between care staff and residents living with dementia.
Please follow the links below to access other networks and organisations across Wales and the rest of the UK
The leading UK Care Home review website with 18,505 Care Homes, 16 million+ visits per year & 76,473 Care Home reviews
National body that registers, inspects and takes action to improve the quality and safety of services for the well-being of older people in Wales.
The UK-wide website for ENRICH in England and Scotland with a full range of resources for Care Home staff and the Research community
A Welsh Government funded body, supporting and developing excellent research which has a positive impact on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the people in Wales.
People with dementia or memory problems, their carers and anyone who is interested can sign up. You can also sign up for someone else, providing that you have their consent.
Registering is the first step in becoming involved in supporting vital research studies across the nation.
A UK-wide initiative that promotes quality of life and delivers positive change in care homes for older people
A research centre focusing on primary and emergency care, funded by Health and Care Research Wales in order to develop and coordinate research proposals and support researchers. It is an all-Wales centre co-led by Cardiff University, Bangor University, University of South Wales, and Swansea University.
A world class research centre addressing key internationally important questions in ageing and dementia. The Centre integrates multi-disciplinary activity and develops areas of expertise from biological, through psycho-social and environmental, to social policy in ageing and dementia.
The School will benefit social care practitioners and the social care sector in assisting them in taking forward their research and evidence based practice aspirations, and benefit research providers in supporting them engage with the social care sector in the delivery of research that makes a sustained and tangible difference.