What Makes a Good Care Home

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These events were part of the Sheffield Adult Social Care Festival of Involvement.


We have a plan to work with local care homes over the next two years to make them even better places to live.

A key focus of the plan is to make sure that the voices of care home residents are centre stage in the project, alongside those of family and friends.

Our starting point were three events in July for residents, relatives, friends and neighbours to talk about what makes a good care home. We ran two daytime workshops in local care homes and an evening zoom session.

The events were open to:

  • any older person living in a care home in Sheffield

  • their family members and friends

  • anyone considering moving into a care home

  • neighbours of a Sheffield care home for older people.

About the events

These sessions aimed to bring to life the eight key principles of a good care home that were developed last year with local people, care home staff and other workers.

We explored what the principles mean to residents and their loved ones and identify some examples. The examples gathered will:

  • help us all to better support residents to keep their sense of identity - something we know is a big worry for people moving into care homes

  • help to make our quality assurance processes more meaningful.

In the second half of the session, we explored other ideas for working together, drawing from:

We also held some one-to-one discussions with residents who weren't able to join the group discussions or preferred direct conversations.

These events were part of the Sheffield Adult Social Care Festival of Involvement.


We have a plan to work with local care homes over the next two years to make them even better places to live.

A key focus of the plan is to make sure that the voices of care home residents are centre stage in the project, alongside those of family and friends.

Our starting point were three events in July for residents, relatives, friends and neighbours to talk about what makes a good care home. We ran two daytime workshops in local care homes and an evening zoom session.

The events were open to:

  • any older person living in a care home in Sheffield

  • their family members and friends

  • anyone considering moving into a care home

  • neighbours of a Sheffield care home for older people.

About the events

These sessions aimed to bring to life the eight key principles of a good care home that were developed last year with local people, care home staff and other workers.

We explored what the principles mean to residents and their loved ones and identify some examples. The examples gathered will:

  • help us all to better support residents to keep their sense of identity - something we know is a big worry for people moving into care homes

  • help to make our quality assurance processes more meaningful.

In the second half of the session, we explored other ideas for working together, drawing from:

We also held some one-to-one discussions with residents who weren't able to join the group discussions or preferred direct conversations.

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