My Home Life is a collaborative movement of people involved with care homes for older people.
It was originally sponsored by Age UK, City University and Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Subsequently, it has attracted additional funding from Local Authorities and City Bridge Trust. It was established to improve the quality of life of everyone connected with care homes for older people and has now become the recognised voice for the sector which promotes best practice through appreciative support and transformative action.
My Home Life project was initiated in 2006 by National Care Forum, an organisation that represents not-for-profit care homes; and Help the Aged.
Developing the Vision
In the first phase, Professor Julienne Meyer at City University London was commissioned to synthesise the evidence-base for quality of life in care homes and prepare a full literature review. As a result, eight original themes were developed to underpin the vision which then grew into a philosophy and full programme of linked work.
Sharing the vision
The second phase involved communicating this vision across 18,000 care homes for older people in the UK and developing the support of all provider organisations. Resources included a range of papers, posters and bulletins and a documentary celebrating and sharing best practice. My Home Life Cymru was established as a funded initiative.
Supporting the vision in practice
In 2009, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation invested as a partner and the programme moved into its third phase.
“Having been involved with the My Home Life programme from the outset the National Care Forum is pleased to be associated with it and proud of what it has already achieved. It has given a new focus to quality of life in care homes for older people in positive ways underpinned by sound research evidence. It is our view that the MHL programme has the potential to contribute significantly to improving quality by assisting in transforming care and support services.” Des Kelly OBE Executive Director, National Care Forum
Going forward, our future will depend on available funding. However, our current success is related to the evidence-based vision and our partnerships. We have developed from an inspirational project to a social movement that has spread geographically across borders, both local and national.
Our National Partners
“It’s great for staff in care homes to have a recognised source of advice based on evidence and good practice, particularly when many are independent, operating in isolation from other larger providers.” Hugh Mills Chief Executive/Director of Development, Independent Health and Care Providers
Our current Local Authority partners
- North East Lincolnshire
- South Derbyshire
- South Gloucestershire
“My Home Life is an essential aid for learning and developing best practice. It focuses attention on the experience of residents in care homes, whilst valuing and encouraging the efforts of those working there.”
Ranald Mair, Chief Executive, Scottish Care