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

Relationship-centred care

Relationship-centred care provides the underlying approach to deliver the best practice themes.

It recognises the importance of positive relationships between older people, relatives and staff, as well as, between care homes, their local communities, and the wider health, social care and housing system.

Relationship-centred care and the Senses framework

Mike Nolan and a team at Sheffield University identified six dimensions that underpin ‘relationship-centred care’ in the Six Senses Framework (2006). These six ‘senses’ acknowledge the subjective and perceptual nature of the key determinants of care for the three groups of people in the care setting: older people, families and staff. Nolan and his colleagues argue that each of these three groups need to feel:

  • a sense of security (to feel safe);
  • a sense of continuity (to experience links and connections);
  • a sense of belonging (to feel part of things);
  • a sense of purpose (to have a goal(s) to aspire to);
  • a sense of fulfilment (to make progress towards these goals); and
  • a sense of significance (to feel that you matter as a person).

You can read more about the Senses framework and relationship centred care here.

Download the poster of the Senses framework by clicking the image or visiting the ‘Poster’ section of our Resource library.

Focussing on relationships

Our Blog

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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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