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

Promoting a Positive Culture

‘We lead and manage a culture of care where older people, their relatives and staff can flourish.’

A positive culture in a care home is one where routines and structures revolve around the older person rather than simply fit with the needs of the organisation. A good atmosphere in the home is based upon positive relationships, mutual appreciation and some blurring of roles between staff, the people living in the care home and their relatives.

“You get everything done for you here, but I think it tends to make you lazy. I would love to be working. I would rather cook for myself but you are not allowed in the kitchen, and you are not allowed in the laundry either.”

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“With the help of staff I have begun to do things that I didn’t think I could. I help the staff to set the tables and wash dishes, things like that. And I enjoy it. I am not too great now but I am keeping up as best I can.”

Creating positive culture requires:

  • recognition of the complex and multidimensional nature of life and work in care homes;
  • promotion of enablement and partnership;
  • person-centred and relationship-centred care through biographical and developmental approaches;
  • staff working as an effective team with mutual appreciation and some blurring of roles;
  • relatives to be integrated within the effective team; and
  • close links maintained with the local community.

Effective leadership, management and the availability of expert advice is paramount in the creation and maintainance of a positive culture.

Resources on this theme

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"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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