My Home Life

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

Being appreciative

Being appreciative is a positive and motivating approach to developing (improving) practice and enhancing participation. It underpins the My Home Life vision.

It pays attention to the best in us, not the worst; to our strengths, not our weaknesses; to possibility thinking, not problem thinking. It focuses on the core strengths of a situation or organisation, then uses those strengths to reshape the future. It focuses on doing more of what is already working, rather than focusing on fixed problems. It’s question based. The very act of asking curious and courageous questions helps us to both acknowledge diverse views and influence how we and others act. It recognises the important of storytelling as a helpful way to communciate and foster positive relationships.

The four phases of this approach are:

Discover

What is working well? When do you feel most proud?

Envision

How would you like things to be? What do you value?

Co-create

How can we work together to make it happen? What strengths do people have that would help us?

Embed

What can we do together to make it happen more of the time?

This approach is adapted from the principles of Appreciative Inquiry. For more information, see Reed, J. (2007) Appreciative Inquiry. Research for Change, London: Sage.

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"A networking day in our care home"

Our home held an older persons services information drop in afternoon in which we invited in local organisations and support groups to discuss services available to older people in the area and opened the event to members of the public. We held the event in our home to provide a relaxed, comfortable space for people […]

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"Moving to a care home – what matters to you?"

I remember talking to one of our prospective residents at one of our care homes telling me about her “life of ever decreasing boxes” as she put it. From a large family property to a downsized house once her children had left home, then to a small warden controlled flat and now to one room […]

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