Evidencing improved care
WCS Care and Coventry University are working together on a number of PhD studies which will investigate the impact of a range of factors on the health and wellbeing of residents. This first-of-a-kind research could help us, and other care providers, develop their approaches to care ensuring residents enjoy life to its fullest - after all, just because someone lives in a care home doesn't mean every day can't be well lived.
Studies will cover a range of topics including sleep, nutrition, the benefits of time outside, self-management and responsive care, and the use of robotics and digital technologies.
As part of one of the programmes we are working together on, WCS created the opportunity for a student to live (rent-free) in our Kenilworth home, Castle Brook, where they could conduct their research in return for volunteering their time by contributing to activities for the residents. Yordanka Karayaneva applied for the position and moved into Castle Brook to conduct her research into the use of robots (physical or sensors) in care. It was an experience that changed her life, and she's shared with us some of her experiences and the lessons she learned while she lived with us. Read Yordanka's blog here.