My Home Life

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

Best practice themes

Improving Health and Healthcare

‘We ensure adequate access to healthcare services and we promote health for all.’

Older people living in care homes have substantial and complex healthcare needs which require the full range of healthcare services. They should have access to the same healthcare they would be entitled to if they were living in their own homes. Health can also be improved by spending time with the older people living in care homes in personally meaningful and enjoyable ways.

“It was useful to have access to a physiotherapist or occupational therapist when I needed it to help me with my mobility to enable me to be independent and keep my confidence.”

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Older people have substantial and complex healthcare needs which require the full range of services, including:

  • a General Practitioner;
  • specialist medical services;
  • specialist nursing care;
  • physiotherapy;
  • occupational therapy;
  • speech and language therapy;
  • chiropody;
  • all screening services; and
  • regular medication reviews.

There is considerable evidence that older people in care homes are not receiving the healthcare services that are their right. Some are paying for services that should be provided under the NHS.

Health can be promoted by spending time in personally meaningful and enjoyable ways, socialising and sharing, physical activity and exercise, and learning.

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"I asked the children if they would come again to which they replied ,yes!"

Heavy snow, icy roads, and school closures were the outcomes of last week’s storm Emma combined with the Beast from the East. One care home group from Derbyshire met the chilly challenge head on with fantastic outcomes. Sarah Dixon, community relations manager for Ashmere Derbyshire Ltd explained, “Local schools were closed suddenly on the Thursday, with news […]

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"I get to listen to interesting stories about the residents’ lives and my eyes have been opened up to a completely different lifestyle to my own"

Student Hubs is a national organisation which supports students to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with each other. The Bristol Hub, which supports the students of the University of Bristol, has been collaborating with My Home Life as they work towards creating stronger relationships with care homes in the south west of England. Bristol Hub has created […]

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