If you follow our blog you may have noticed several posts relating to the CHARM project, which we haven’t actually told you about. While you might be thinking it was a bit rude of us not to make more of them, don’t worry, it was part of a wider plan and now is their time to shine. We needed the posts to be made available in the interim from a CHARM project perspective but wanted to ‘launch’ them all officially in on go, so we’ve been deliberately sneaking them out under the radar until now.
As part of the CHARM project four care homes have been conducting mini-research projects, and the following posts show what they have been up to, so please have a read through them:
- How well has our care home used technology to adapt to the changes created by the COVID pandemic?
- How can we enhance communication between residents, families and staff in our home? An exploration of what’s missing and what could be implemented
- What is the best way to gather life history about our residents? A survey of family members, friends and visitors
- COVID in a care home: The experience and impact of COVID-19 and the home’s recovery from a staff perspective
- A project to find out resident, visitor and staff preferences and suggestions for our new garden space and associated activities
- Using research to help improve dementia care
- Involvement in CHARM from the perspective of Provider Lead
I think we can all agree that a phenomenal amount of work has been achieved – despite the pandemic! – so a huge congratulations to everyone involved.
We’d also like to draw your attention to the fact that ‘The CHARM Framework Manual’ is now available as a free download. It is an accessible, interactive step-by-step guide for conducting research in care homes. We hope that the manual will be useful for anyone undertaking research projects, including for students who are writing dissertations. You can find the manual here.
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