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.

Resources on this theme

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"Award winning service shares their learning on how to improve end of life support in care homes"

Blakesley House Nursing home have been working on improving their End of Life (EoL) services for residents. Throughout their strive to be better, they’ve achieved recognition for the second time from the Gold Standard Framework (GSF) Hallmark and have received the GSF Platinum award 2017-2020. Blakesley are among 20 care homes from across England to […]

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"The Baring Foundation’s David Cutler explains the magic happening in Wales"

  Wales has been creating magic with older people living in care homes by using the arts as a platform for engagement and meaningful activity. The cARTrefu project has been supported by My Home Life Cymru to provide training for the artists involved.  David Cutler, Director of the Baring Foundation has created a Blog explaining the work that […]

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