My Home Life

Our vision is a world where all care homes for older people are great places to live, die, visit and work.

Good Practice

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“What makes for good practice in care homes?”

Working alongside 60 academic researchers and care home practitioners as part of the National Care Home Research and Development Forum, My Home Life has created a vision for quality of life that thousands of care home practitioners are now using to support their practice.

The vision has three components, which together are relevant not only to older people but also relatives and staff in care homes.

  • Best practice themes (identifies what older people want and what works)
  • Relationship-centred care (provides the underlying approach to deliver best practice)
  • Caring conversations (helps us to achieve relationship-centred care)

Care homes can use the vision to:

  • Guide their practice development
  • Identify evidence of good practice to communicate to external bodies including inspectors and commissioners
  • Celebrate the great work that they are already doing

Too often care homes have to respond to quality frameworks decided by external agencies. The My Home Life vision is unique as it is owned by care homes – and articulates the expertise of the sector in supporting older people. The MHL vision is also acknowledged by government as a “recognised quality scheme” for the sector.

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"Managers from across the country have shared their ideas (little and large) for great things to do on Care Home Open Day"

If you haven’t had a chance to think about Care Home Open Day (Friday 19th June) yet, some managers from across the country have shared their ideas (little and large) for great things to do on the day. Before the day…

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"I decided to offer a chance up to the managers in the area - and those from my My Home Life group who were still around– to meet for a managers’ forum..."

Susan Yates is the manager at Dial House in Bedford, a family-run nursing home for 50 residents. Since I finished the My Home Life programme in 2012 the group of managers I was with on it has depleted – some have just moved away from the area, and others have left care completely. I missed […]

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