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

Creating Community

‘We optimise relationships between older people, relatives and staff and between care homes and their local community – encouraging a sense of security, belonging, continuity, purpose, achievement and significance for all.’

Communities are created through relationships between older people, family, friends, staff and the community, including the wider health, social care and housing system.

Creating a community involves:

  • understanding and respecting the significance of relationships within the home;
  • recognising roles, rights and responsibilities; and
  • creating opportunities for giving and receiving, and for meaningful activity.

“When I was not well one day, a lot of residents came up to see me as they missed me and visited me. It has helped. It is the other residents and staff together – everybody. I have more friends here.”


The building and environment of your care home can support the community and relationships within it. For example:

  • a choice of communal areas close to each other;
  • individual rooms where residents and their guests can enjoy complete privacy;
  • gardens providing safe access to fresh air, plants and wildlife.

Relationships within the local community are important in maintaining quality of life for residents, fostering links with local organisations such as schools and voluntary groups. Easy access to transport, especially for relatives who are frail, is essential.

Resources on this theme

Our Blog


"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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"A new pace of life for Llys Hafren"

Llys Hafren is a residential Care Home in Wales and My Home Life have been in touch with them to find out how their community engagement work has achieved so much success in the last year. Llys Hafren is making it their mission to change people’s understanding of what older people can do. As a […]

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