Research Priorities

The following currently identified research priorities are provided as a steer for potential applicants, but they are not intended to be taken as either exclusive or exhaustive.

The Abbeyfield Research Foundation is particularly keen to support research that effectively crosses boundaries between organisations, services and professions in the provision of “joined up” care.

1. Progress and quality in the care and support of residents with dementia

Including, for example:

  • Measures to promote maintenance and development of existing and new personal relationships and of individual autonomy
  • Interaction with the natural and outdoor world
  • The involvement of family and informal carers and volunteers

2. The assessment of need, and of response to care

  • The identification of vulnerability and prospective long-term care need as defined by loneliness
  • Meeting the spiritual needs of older residents, for example:

The contribution of the built environment to the relational and spiritual wellbeing of residents and staff
The delineation of necessary attitudes and skills in the recruitment and training of staff.

  • The impact of geographic and socioeconomic variation on care need and provision.
  • The identification and development of a reliable minimum dataset for the measurement of change in the status (physical, mental, functional and emotional) of residents
  • Provision of domiciliary support.

3. Quality and innovation in care provision

  • Measures to prevent the progression of disability in care settings
  • The prevention and management of falls and fractures in care settings
  • The roles of volunteers in care settings
  • The identification and evaluation of pastoral roles, traditional or otherwise
  • Measures to assess or ensure optimal hydration and nutrition in care home residents