Care Books for Christmas
Need ideas for stocking fillers for that care professional in your life? You’ve come to the right place! Read the Insequa pick of the best books relating to social care, ageing themes and more. Or if you’re thinking of starting up a library at your care organisation to support staff in delivering excellent care, these six cracking reads would make the ideal starting bundle. In no particular order, here goes:
Saving Social Care by Neil Eastwood
Neil Eastwood is a face you will recognise if you frequent care events and conferences up and down the UK (and increasingly further afield). He regularly presents on the topic of staff recruitment and retention in the care sector and is widely regarded as a bit of a guru on the topic. His credentials are rock solid (Harvard Business School, Adviser to DHSC National Recruitment Campaign, International Keynote Speaker, CEO at employee referral app start-up Care Friends and Founder of Sticky People.) Saving Social Care has been described as the definitive book on finding and keeping frontline care staff – so if you are having issues with attracting and holding on to care staff (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), this is a must read. Available in paperback and e-book formats, and also as an audio book – so you could listen whilst on your commute. And if you need any more good reasons to snap up a copy of this incredibly useful book, all royalties are donated to the Care Workers Charity
The Care Leaders’ Handbook by Sophie and Rob Coulthard
This newly launched book is described as a ‘practical guide to leadership for care managers, team leaders and future superstars.’ Sophie and Rob Coulthard may be familiar to you as exponents of The Judgement Index – a unique programme that helps employers identify candidates with the right values to fit their organisation. In this book they apply their expertise to the question of leadership, specifically in care. A clear distinction is drawn between good management and good leadership, and there are lots of useful and important insights to mull over and test out in practice. This is a user-friendly book that should be kept close at hand to delve into when required. Do a social care manager or team leader a favour and stick one of these in their stocking this Christmas.
Extra Time – Camilla Cavendish
Camilla Cavendish tackles the topic of growing older with optimism and energy. UK demographics point to an uptick in the number of older people in the coming decades – Camilla Cavendish welcomes the possibilities and opportunities this presents in Extra Time. This book turns on its head the many cliches and assumptions associated with the ageing process and offers refreshing pointers to how we can best shape the future of ageing. For an uplifting, positive and instructive read that shows how ageing can be fulfilling and purposeful, this is the book. Available in hardback or audio, it’s the book anyone who is advancing in age, or has regular dealings with the older generation, must read. At the Care Show in October, UKHCA were handing out copies to delegates – which sounds to me like a pretty good endorsement.
How To Get Outstanding – Isaac Theophilus
Isaac used to be a Registered Manager at a Care Home that achieved CQC Outstanding awards across all the KLOEs. So, this fellow doesn’t only talk the talk, he’s walked the walk. He has distilled all the insights and expertise gained from a career in delivering excellent care, and set it all out in a handy guide. For those who have an inspection on the horizon, this helpful book takes you through a pre-inspection audit and offers guidance on how you can work towards that elusive Outstanding rating. A highly recommended resource that you will find yourself returning to time and again.
Big Ian Donaghy needs no introduction. His larger than life personality spreads energy throughout the UK care sector. Whether it’s presenting awards shows, speaking at conferences, making great films about dementia, conducting a spontaneous singalong or delivering expert training events, he lives and breathes social care. He’s also a published author and has written two well-reviewed books, The Missing Peace and Dear Dementia.
The Missing Peace deals with the loss of a loved one and how to create a life after their death, whilst Dear Dementia is a thought provoking book that those who have experience of loved ones with dementia will find both comforting and relatable. Big Ian’s take on life is refreshing and direct, and these books both ooze that unique Donaghy spirit that will leave you feeling uplifted and connected.
So, there you have six ideas for reading matter this Christmas that cover a broad spectrum of care/ageing related issues. Whichever you choose, the lucky recipient will be grateful for an unusual and thoughtful gift that offers insights aplenty for those who work in social care, those who care informally or those simply with an interest in age related matters.