The Movement spreads to London!

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If you were at the event – then thank you so much for making it such an incredible event. You are really at the heart of this movement. Please do have a go and see how it can inspire quality of life for you, staff, relatives and residents.

On the 18th September 2013 nearly 60 care home managers came together to share practice, exchange ideas and connect with one another as a movement working together to deliver evidence-based relationship centred care.

This event was organised in response to the views of many care home managers in London who we have worked with. They told us that many care homes are often working in isolation of real support. They recognised the huge value of creating an event which brought care home managers together from across greater London to share and learn from each other and from the ideas that the My Home Life programme has gathered over the years.

All managers who came, were presented with a free ‘My Home Life Toolkit’. This innovative box of resources was created and tested by care home practitioners in partnership with the My Home Life team. The purpose of the toolkit was to support better dialogue between residents, relatives and staff about their experiences of the care home and how they could collectively make it even better. To help practitioners to fully understand how it could be used, a series of interactive sessions were created which related to each of three tools.

Since this My Home Life is looking to find ways to sustain the London movement. We will be working with the identified ‘pioneers’ to help them take forward peer-to-peer led groups across the city. We are also looking to run London-wide get togethers every 6 months, to create opportunities for the peer-to-peer groups to come together, and channel ideas, best practice, fears and support together to feed into the wider My Home Life movement.

My Home Life is distributing the toolkit to every care home in London. If by the end of October, you have not received it, please contact us at

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My Home Life London Network event – 18th September 2013

Are you a care home manager in a London Care Home for older people?
We are currently working across our London movement to communicate the vital role that care homes play, celebrating and sharing the good practice that already exists. We have an event on the 18th September, which will be sharing best practice across London Care Homes (older people).

– connect with other care home managers in London
– learn more about what older people ‘want’ from care homes and ‘what works’
– share ideas, watch films, reflect on your practice
– gain top tips about new ways of working
– get hold of your free copy of the My Home Life toolkit

Hurry Spaces are limited!
To register for this free event, email:

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My Home Life newspaper launch

The My Home Life team are delighted to announce the launch of our My Home Life newspaper. The paper is full of news from our March Retreat, interviews with care home staff and articles sharing best practice. Share your thoughts and comments with us below.

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Lift off for Dementia Awareness Week!

 Care homes across the UK celebrated Dementia Awareness Week last week. All 72 of The Orders of St John’s Care Trust (OSJCT) care homes celebrated National Dementia Awareness Week by giving special treats to their residents. Using the Alzheimer’s Society ‘Remember the Person’ document, they chose the ‘give a person a treat’ theme for the whole week.  One home in Wiltshire (above) released purple balloons into the air to commemorate the event.

Lead Admiral Nurse Angie Williams, of Witney, said “As well as raising the awareness of dementia for people living, working and coming into the OSJCT homes, we gave special treats to all of the residents. These varied from small individual treats, to larger group treats such as cream teas, organised entertainment in the home, trips to the garden centres, fish and chips in newspaper and many others. Many of these treats were incorporated into the on-going activity program for the homes.”

The My Home Life Admiral Nurses supported several of the ‘treats and talking’ events such as coffee mornings and afternoon tea events, which were also open to relatives and people living in the local communities, again with the aim of raising awareness of dementia. The homes had the support of the OSJCT My Home Life Admiral Nurse Service.



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National Care Home Open Day – 21st June 2013

The National Care Home Open Day website is live and kicking!  Share your plans for the day with My Home Life – how are you celebrating?

“For far too long the care home sector has been marred by the negative press generated by a small number of badly run homes, and we’re determined to show people what our care homes are really about. We want the world to realise that care homes really can be inspiring places, full of unique, intelligent and charming characters, and run by special people that really do care. Because we’re determined to build thousands of friendships, to change long-held perceptions, to create thousands of memories, and to have a fantastic day that will enrich lives!”    National Care Home Open Day, 2013.

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