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If you are interested in finding out more about the following projects or exploring new opportunities for research in care homes please contact Isabelle Latham:




Determining and piloting an optimal intervention based on the Namaste principles.

Admiral Nurses Role in Care Home

ADS has worked together with the Orders of St John Care Trust to evaluate the "My Home Life" Admiral Nurse role in Orders of St John Care Trust care homes.

It is unusual for care home organisations to employ Admiral Nurses directly and so an exploration of the impact of such a role is important. The project was funded by the Orders of St John Care Trust and the Burdett Trust.

A copy of the press release and copy of the final report can be accessed via the above link.                   

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Anchor iPad Evaluation

The Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester has carried out the largest study of its kind to understand how iPads can be used to enhance quality of life for people with dementia. 

In the first systematic roll-out of iPads in care homes, Anchor has introduced tablets to 63 of its care homes across England. 

Findings demonstrate the benefits of introducing and using touchscreen technology in care settings. 

Good practice guide published to share findings 

A copy of the press release and report can be accessed via the above link.

Keys to Care resource

The Residents and Relatives Association commissioned ADS to evaluate the use and impact of the Keys to Care resource. Funded by Comic Relief this 6 month project looked at the ways in which the resource is used and the impact it had across 3 different care providers.


PIECE-dem is an observational tool to help illuminate the experiences of people with advanced dementia and complex needs in care settings.         
It was developed by ADS as part of the PANIOCA (Prevention of Abuse and Neglect in the Institutional Care of Older Adults) programme. PANICOA is a joint-funded research initiative between the Department of Health and Comic Relief which is designed to enhance the dignity of older people in institutional settings.

CHOICE project

The Care Homes Organisations Implementing Cultures for Excellence (CHOICE) project was funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief and was the final project of the UK-wide PANICOA (Prevention of Abuse and Neglect in the Institutional Care of Older Adults) programme.

The aim of CHOICE was to examine the links between organisational cultures and the care experiences of older people living in residential and nursing care.

FITS programme

ADS was commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society to deliver the FITS (Focussed Intervention Training and Support) programme.

An initial trial found the programme reduced the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medication in care homes by 50%. The project involved providing training, supervision and mentorship to staff working across care homes in England and Wales to enable them to become ‘dementia coaches’.   

This project led to the development of the unique 'Advanced Practice in Delivering person-centred dementia care " module.

Care Fit for VIPS

Care Fit for VIPS is a free, online toolkit to help care homes improve the quality of their dementia care. If you have a part in running a care home where there are people with dementia, Care Fit for VIPS is for you.