A Toolkit For Care Home Research

Advice and guidance for researchers, research staff, and local research networks on how to prepare and carry out studies in a care home.

Find out what it means to support research in a care home, and what the benefits are for you in participating in research studies.

Learn about the role residents, family members and friends can play in supporting high-quality research.

"By 2020 we would wish to see, more research being conducted in, and disseminated through, care homes, and a majority of care homes signed up to the NIHR ENRICH 'Research Ready Care Home Network'."

David Cameron, announced in 2015's Prime Minister's challenge on dementia 2020

Guest Blog

Noreen Orr, Research Fellow, NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC), University of Exeter, Wendy Brewin, Creative Spaces Project Manager, Sensory Trust, and Ruth Garside, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School

We are passionate about the natural environment and believe that nature is good for the health and wellbeing of older people living in care homes.  For over 20 years, Sensory Trust has been developing a range of projects promoting sensory approaches to the natural environment in the belief that it brings social, health and wellbeing benefits.  Four years ago, we collaborated on a project to synthesise qualitative evidence (words) on how older people (including those with dementia) describe their sensory engagement with the outside world.