With the political environment being somewhat uncertain for most of last year, we may soon see the badly-needed social care reform put into practice in 2020.

Remember, the Queen told us in her December speech to the Houses of Parliament: “My ministers will seek cross-party consensus on proposals for long term reform of social care.

“They will ensure that the social care system provides everyone with the dignity and security they deserve and that no one who needs care has to sell their home to pay for it. My ministers will continue work to reform the Mental Health Act.”

So there you have it! Perhaps the registration of care home staff would help to ensure the right people with the right qualifications are attracted to and stay in the profession – in this issue, Victoria Sylvester from Acacia Training offers her point of view on why this should be a priority in care.

Also in this issue, I take a look at sensory rooms and the biggest mistakes care home are making when designing the spaces, which then result in an underused resource.

With a few tweaks here and there, you could make an existing sensory room – or any spare room – into a cosy, welcoming space which staff, residents and their families will enjoy using.

Between managing medication, oral hygiene and laundry facilities, we have most areas of running a care facility covered in this issue.

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Care and Nursing issue 98 front cover