My Home Life

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.

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"I get to listen to interesting stories about the residents’ lives and my eyes have been opened up to a completely different lifestyle to my own"

Student Hubs is a national organisation which supports students to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with each other. The Bristol Hub, which supports the students of the University of Bristol, has been collaborating with My Home Life as they work towards creating stronger relationships with care homes in the south west of England. Bristol Hub has created […]

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"A new pace of life for Llys Hafren"

Llys Hafren is a residential Care Home in Wales and My Home Life have been in touch with them to find out how their community engagement work has achieved so much success in the last year. Llys Hafren is making it their mission to change people’s understanding of what older people can do. As a […]

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