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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

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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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