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


"Best practice in care environments: Seeing people in later life as individuals, not as conditions."

My Home Life’s very own Professor Julienne Meyer was recently interviewed by Anna Melville James for The Elder Magazine about Best Practice in Care Environments: Seeing People in Later Life as Individuals, Not as Conditions. Julienne is the executive director of My Home Life, she is passionate about best practice in care environments. Julienne spoke […]

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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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