Each film is split into two parts: a case study and a question about the film answered by a series of experts. The films are designed to promote discussion and we have included a forum to allow you to add your own comments and suggestions about the issues raised by the films. Additionally, there is a worksheet available to print out to help the debate.
You can scroll through the films by pressing the arrows on the left and right of the screen, or clicking on the images below.
Discuss each of the eight films once you've watched them and share your thoughts with other care workers from around the UK.
Each video has a page where you can add your own comments and answers to the questions asked at the end of each film.
The download below contains all the worksheets that were originally included within
The worksheets are designed to be used with the films to help guide the discussion once you
have watched each case study, and allow you to use the films as part of a training
session within the home.
You can scroll through the different films by pressing the arrows on
the left and right of the screen, or click on any of the thumbnails at
the bottom of the screen.
Older people experience considerable losses in terms health, the loss of loved ones
and loss of their home. Because of this there is a real risk that they can also lose their
sense of identity, confidence and self-esteem.
This film features a home where staff have achieved remarkable things working
closely with residents to understand what lies beneath their frailty and have helped
one resident in particular rediscover a sense of who he is.
Creating a sense of community, both within the care home itself and by strengthening
the links between the care home and its local community, is crucial to quality of life.
Our filming shows a care home working hard to help stimulate relationships among
residents, family, friends, staff, schools, volunteers and an array of other
organisations. We see what can be achieved if we open our doors more widely to the
For many, going into a care home can feel like a move away from being in control of
one’s own life, but this shouldn’t need to be the case.
We went to film at a care home in Scotland who try to involve their residents in all the
decision-making within their home. They have shown that when residents begin to feel
involved in identifying problems and solutions this can have a very positive impact on
the whole care home culture.
Moving into a care home is a major transition in life. For some it can be a very positive
choice, but for others, it is a time of huge emotional upheaval involving considerable
We met with Jon Snowdon, an ex-minor for whom moving into a care home was a
choice that he made himself, but also spoke to staff to find out how they support those
residents for whom the move into a care home is seen as less positive.
Care homes have seen a massive increase in the levels of dependency among their
residents over the past 20 years. Residents now have substantial and complex
healthcare needs that require the full range of healthcare services.
This film focuses on how one care home has worked closely with the local health
service to reduce levels of psychotropic medicine for residents by using other forms of
therapy such as massage, doll therapy and life stories.
While death and dying are often seen as taboo issues, more care homes are now
helping residents and their families to talk openly and honestly about their wishes and
fears at the end of life. However, this can be particularly challenging when residents
This film tells of a touching story where care home staff came together with residents
and relatives to support and say goodbye to one of their residents.
Residents in care homes today are now older, more physically and mentally frail, and
have greater and more complex health and social needs. Given the complexity of the
work, we all need to feel that we are sufficiently trained to provide the best quality of
life to our residents.
The care home in this film prioritises training for all staff including
chefs and domestic workers. This philosophy has not only helped them provide good
care to their residents, but has greatly enhanced their reputation in the community.
My Home Life is encouraging care home routines and structures that adapt to the
needs of individual residents rather than simply the needs of the home. This requires
an understanding of the complex nature of care homes and a recognition of the need
for leadership, team work and interdependence between residents, relatives and staff.
As this film shows, the journey of culture change is not an easy one, but when
achieved it can have fantastic benefits in terms of the quality of life of both residents,
residents as well as staff.