Home Instead Senior Care has announced the launch of a new research programme that will help shape the future of older people’s care.
The national home care provider has partnered with the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit to launch the three-year programme.
Together, the organisations hope to contribute to the national debate and policy around older people’s health and wellbeing and improve social care for everyone.
Areas for research will include person-centred home care, dementia, and the home care workforce.
Mark Laing, project lead and director of Innovation at Home Instead Senior Care, commented: “The home care sector is constantly growing and evolving. Particularly in a post-pandemic world we have seen the vitally important role that being cared for in your own home environment can make in the quality of care provided to our vulnerable seniors.
“The three-year research partnership will provide the social care sector with an evidence-based view of home care, helping to shape what home care looks like in the future. It will also inform the national debate on supporting seniors and forms part of our continued commitment to invest in the future of home care innovation.”
The University of York is currently looking to recruit a research fellow to lead the social science study.
It is also calling on self-funders to share how they find, choose and arrange care for a loved one or for themselves, and what they think is important when they make choices about social care.
Lead researcher at the University of York, Professor Bryony Beresford said: “Health and social care are equally important to the wellbeing and quality of life of older people. Covid-19 has highlighted for all of us the critical role of social care in the lives of many older people – those living in their own homes and in care homes.
“Recruitment for a Home Instead Research Fellow to build the research programme is now underway, and we are excited to begin working with Home Instead to develop a programme of research on home care grounded in the priorities of older people and the sector.”
Caption: Professor Bryony Beresford and Mark Laing.