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All of these R&RA publications are available for sale – please select the ones you’d like to buy and you can order and pay by card online below, or write or email us with your requirements and a cheque or bank payment – the details you need are all on the Contact Us page.

(Please note the special reduced prices are for R&RA members only! All prices include p&p within the United Kingdom – for overseas despatch please email us for a quote. Some publications are shown as unavailable because sold out but we may still be able to supply facsimile photocopies: use “Read more” link to the individual page for details.)

Assessment Denied? Council responsibilities towards self-funders moving into care

This report explores the problems that face people who have to meet all the cost of their own social care (known as self-funders) when they first make contact with local authorities to have their care needs assessed. In particular, it focuses on older people planning to move into residential care.
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Gardening in Homes: A guide for relatives in nursing and residential care homes

Aims to help the relatives and friends of residents in care homes to continue residents’ interests in plants and flowers both within and outside the home.

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I Have Come to Visit …

A telling and moving account by a husband of having to visit the person with whom he has shared his life. Deals with the practical, emotional and spiritual consequences for both partners when one has to live in a care home.

1995, A5 size, 14 pages

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Inspection in Action: Making inspection work

The (now defunct) care home regulator, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), established a system of star ratings in 2007 by which it assessed and rated registered care homes across England. Scrutiny of a number of SCI reports raised R&RA concerns about the basis that had been adopted for awarding the stars.

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Involving Relatives and Friends: A good practice guide for homes for older people.

Aims to spread understanding of how to enable the family and friendship relationships which residents have built up over a lifetime to continue to flourish so that relatives and friends remain involved in the care provided in homes.

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Keep Smiling: Dental care and oral health for older people in care homes

The oral health of care home residents and the apparent lack of attention paid to this important subject represent a concern about caring for their loved ones which is frequently expressed by callers to the R&RA advice line. The R&RA has therefore revised, updated and reissued its highly regarded booklet on dental care and oral health

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Moving Stories: The impact of admission into a care home on residents’ partners

Drawing on the experiences of callers to the R&RA’s telephone advice line, this report looks into the effects – practical, emotional and financial – of a care home admission on the spouse or partner who is left at home.

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The Human Rights of Residents in Care Homes (notes from R&RA Conference 2005)

Notes of speeches by Michele Hanson (The Guardian), Paul Burstow MP, Carolina Gottardo (British Institute of Human Rights) and Gillian Dalley (Chief Executive, R&RA) plus personal accounts by relatives of residents in care.

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Together But Alone

The R&RA's report on social isolation among older care home residents, following a two-year national survey. Key findings and calls for action.

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Volunteers in Care Homes for Older People: An underused opportunity?

This study is based on data collected from care home providers, activity organisers, volunteer providers and a review of academic and other literature.

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