Despite the ongoing policy of enabling older people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, demographic changes mean that we are likely to need double the number of care home places over the next 25 years.
Historically, the sector has lacked investment. Given the funding levels, and the lack of support offered by the community and statutory bodies, it is remarkable that care homes have been able to improve so much over the past few decades, yet there is no doubt that care homes need greater investment to support and deliver quality.
My Home Life passionately and continually highlights this need for greater support with Government, regulators, inspectors, commissioners, and other key stakeholders. In so doing, we support care homes to deliver to their potential, so that they can be properly valued and trusted by external professionals and cherished by their local communities.
My Home Life is unique in the way we approach everything we do.
We identify and share best practice, valuing the expertise of those who live, die, visit and work in care homes, as well as the knowledge generated through research.
We highlight the importance of positive relationships between older people, relatives and staff, and between care homes and the wider community.
Given the negativity that surrounds care homes, we focus on the positive – ‘what is working now and what more we need to do to make it even better?’.
We use creative and collaborative methods to help people and organisations, across the whole system, to reflect and take forward quality improvements.