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Care Homes

Residents of care homes
are amongst the frailest of our population

There are more than twice as many people living in care homes in England and Wales than there are people staying in hospital, yet we know far more about effective treatments in hospital and less about what works most effectively to improve care for older people in care homes. There are an estimated 416,000 older people living in care homes (residents) in the UK. In recent years the numbers of residents with severe frailty has risen and their care needs have become greater. There is an urgent need for high quality and co-ordinated research in care homes.

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Our Research Projects

Development of a tool to assess posture in bed of frail older adults, and assessment of its acceptability and validity (the HARP-B Study)

Evaluating the validity, reliability and acceptability of a seated postural assessment tool for older people with restricted mobility in care homes (The HARP Study)

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Investigation of the Delirium Observation Screening Scale for the routine detection of delirium in the Care Home Setting (The DOSS study)

Posture and Mobility (Skilful Care) Training Package for Residents in Care Homes: a Cluster Randomised Controlled Feasibility Trial (The PATCH study)

Development and testing of strategies to enhance physical activity in care homes (REACH)

Physical rehabilitation for older people in long-term care

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