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?

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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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"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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