Residents in Essex are being invited to share their views about what residential care should look like and how Care Homes across the county could be improved.
Part of a national campaign, My Home Life Big Care Home Conversation is a public engagement exercise; it aims to support care homes across the country to open up a dialogue with older people, family members, staff and the wider community about what we want from our care homes and how we can collectively make changes happen.
On 21 May, residents are invited to attend the Essex launch of the Big Care Home Conversation (2.30pm, Atrium, County Hall, Chelmsford) where guest speakers will aim to educate their audience in understanding the realities of, and potential for, care homes, dispel some of the myths that surround care homes and inspire a greater connection between care homes and the wider community.
Residents will be asked to populate a wishing tree with leaves that contain their responses to the questions: What makes life good in care homes now, what could make them better – and how might we get there? There will also be the opportunity for individuals to have a private meeting with a local care home manager.
Essex County Councillor Ann Naylor, said: “As a nation we are living longer and as a result we need to consider how we want to live out our later life. The Big Care Home Conversation gives residents the chance to input into what the future of residential care could look like. There are many myths and unknowns about what life in a care home is like, this is an opportunity to understand the reality and also input into what the future could look like.”
From Monday 21 May to Friday 25 May, 10am till 4pm, local care home managers will operate a rota in the public square outside Chelmsford library giving residents the opportunity to talk face to face with an expert about care home life.
The Big Care Home Conversation will help care homes to develop a shared vision for the care they provide for older people and their families; it will promote greater public understanding and appreciation of the vital role that care homes play in society and it will help care homes meet their regulatory standards.
Residents who can’t attend the launch event are asked to populate a virtual wishing tree at www.myhomelife.org.uk/get-involved/big-care-home-conversation