Home Instead partners with University of York

We are delighted to announce a partnership between ourselves and the University of York which will see us launching a three-year social science research study into home care for older people.

The research will draw upon the expertise of the University’s Social Policy Research Unit and Home Instead’s unrivalled experience as a major provider of home care in the UK and internationally. Together we hope to contribute to the national debate and policy around older people’s health and wellbeing and improve social care for everyone. Areas for study will include person-centred home care, dementia, and the home care workforce.

Our Director of Innovation, Mark Laing, who has been heading up the project, comments, “The home care sector is constantly growing and evolving.  Particularly in a post-pandemic world we have seen the vitally important role that being cared for in your own home environment can make in the quality of care provided to our vulnerable seniors.

“The three-year research partnership will provide the social care sector with an evidence-based view of home care, helping to shape what home care looks like in the future. It will also inform the national debate on supporting seniors and forms part of our continued commitment to invest in the future of home care innovation.”

Lead researcher at the University of York, Professor Bryony Beresford said, “Health and social care are equally important to the wellbeing and quality of life of older people. Covid-19 has highlighted for all of us the critical role of social care in the lives of many older people - those living in their own homes and in care homes.

“Recruitment for a Home Instead Research Fellow to build the research programme is now underway, and we are excited to begin working with Home Instead to develop a programme of research on home care grounded in the priorities of older people and the sector”.

The University is currently looking to recruit a Research Fellow to lead the study.

Applications for the Home Instead Research Fellow are now open (closing date September 6th). To apply, please visit: https://jobs.york.ac.uk/wd/plsql/wd_portal.show_job?p_web_site_id=3885&p_web_page_id=422468