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Freedom day in care homes?

26 November 2021: Blink and you’ll miss it: the Government have lifted visiting restrictions in care homes across England. This is welcome news.   Whilst COVID-19 restrictions were lifted across England in July, people living in care have still been subject to Government guidance setting out restrictions on the contact they can have with family […] Read More...

Give me back my rights!

The Relatives & Residents Association is calling for urgent action to end the discrimination against older people isolated in care. We have produced a video sharing the story of Frances, 100 years old, and the continued isolation she and others face in care homes across the country.   Whilst COVID-19 restrictions were lifted across England […] Read More...

Join our team!

Do you have experience of working in policy or research? Are you passionate about using your knowledge of social care to improve the lives of older people? Join our team!   R&RA are looking for a Policy and Research Officer. This is a new role, as we seek to increase our capacity to undertake policy […] Read More...

The cap doesn’t fit

Stephen Burke, a trustee of the Relatives & Residents Association, shares his views on the cap on social care costs   I will declare an interest: I have opposed a cap on care costs ever since the Dilnot commission proposed the idea more than ten years ago. Not only would it disproportionately benefit wealthier families, […] Read More...

Seeking Project Manager

Exciting opportunity to work alongside R&RA, helping us to grow our user base and transform our public image. We’re looking for an experienced project manager to assist as we undertake a programme of organisational transformation, including looking to rebrand the organisation and create a new website. Do you have experience of managing similar projects with a […] Read More...

A worrying week

8 October 2021: This has been a worrying week. The social care system is stretched to breaking point. Whilst still dealing with the crisis of COVID-19, a staffing crisis has taking hold, piling more strain onto services already worn thin. Of course, the staffing shortage in care is not new. Now, the impact of the […] Read More...

Bitter disappointment at PM’s announcement

8 September 2021: The Residents & Relatives Association is bitterly disappointed by the Prime Minister’s social care reforms announcement.  ‘Fixing social care once and for all” is a slogan that fails to understand the true extent of the crisis the care sector is currently experiencing. The continued failure to appreciate the vital relationship between the provision […] Read More...

New trustees

R&RA are pleased to welcome five new trustees to our Board. Following an open recruitment process, our members elected the new trustees at our AGM in July. Judy Downey, Chair of the R&RA said: “I am delighted to welcome our five new trustees to the Board. Together, they will bring a wide range of knowledge […] Read More...

Open cultures in care homes

Des Kelly, R&RA Trustee, reflects on the virtues of a virtual AGM and ‘open cultures’ in care homes 31 August 2021 The Relatives & Residents Association (R&RA) held its first virtual Annual General Meeting last month. Like so many charities, over the last 16 months or so, the R&RA has had to embrace online communication […] Read More...

Care challenges

R&RA’s chair, Judy Downey, spoke at our AGM about the challenges confronting the charity 22 July 2021 Despite all the publicity surrounding care and care homes throughout the pandemic, the realities of care for older people remain largely invisible to the general public. This is reflected in the ill-informed and ill-advised decisions by government agencies […] Read More...

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