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Calling all My Home Lifers…

Are you part of the MHL movement? We need your help!

MHL invites you to share your pictures, selfies and photographs (please seek the appropriate permissions) with us to profile the great work you do across the UK. We would like to use your photo’s and stories for our next My Home Life Magazine in the feature, ‘My Home Life world’.

We want to follow your progress, and in particular that of our MHL Leadership Support Programme participants.
What have you been up to since finishing the programme?

How has My Home Life influenced your professional practice?

What would you like to share with the UK wide Care Home Manager movement?

Let us know!
Send your stories, selfies, photos through by emailing us at mhl@city.ac.uk or give us a call on +44 (0) 207 040 5776

Many thanks
My Home Life Tea

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Issue #21 of the My Home Life magazine is out now!

Quality of life: Its the little things that matter most

Download your FREE copy here.

In this issue we catch up with the growing My Home Life movement from around the world, we remember the ‘little things’ in life that cost nothing but make the biggest difference and we hear about the important research that underpins the vital work you do.

As a social movement we love hearing about all the great things that you do so please keep sending in your selfies, photos, and stories.

Call or email us: mhl@city.ac.uk  –  0207 040 5776

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Free to Attend! Enhanced health in care homes

The NCHR&D Forum at City, University of London is pleased to host the next meeting of NCHR&D forum in collaboration with NCF.

3rd July 10-16:00 2018.

Speakers:     Lesson learnt from the Optimal Study

City, University of London; The School of Health Sciences is pleased to host the next meeting of NCHR&D Forum in collaboration with NCF. Speakers include international research leads on “Enhanced health in care homes” and discussion will be led by senior leaders in the care home sector.

Optimising NHS service delivery to care homes: a realist evaluation of the features and mechanisms that support effective working for the continuing care of older people in residential settings

Professor Claire Goodman – University of Hertfordshire

Lessons learnt from the PEACH Study

Proactive health care of older people in care homes using quality improvement methodology to bring about Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Professor Adam Gordon – University of Nottingham

Lessons learnt from the Vanguards

New care models: The framework for enhanced health in care homes

William Roberts – Head of Health and Social Care, Innovation Unit, Former National Care Homes Lead – NHS England

Responders: Discussion will be led by care home providers (TBA)

Workshop: Co-creating a minimum data set for care homes

Professor Claire Goodman – University of Hertfordshire

City University of London

The Northampton Suite
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

https://www.city.ac.uk/events/2018/july/enhanced-health-in-care-homes

please RSVP via the Sign Up form.

Sign up for the event here

Julienne Meyer CBE     (City, University of London)  and Sharon Blackburn CBE (National Care Forum)

The NCHR&D Forum at City, University of London was established in 2003 and seeks to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to network, share information and ideas arising from their work. It led the research that underpins My Home Life (www.myhomelife.org.uk), an internationally recognised initiative to promote quality of life in care homes.  The National Care Forum co-founded My Home Life and has been actively promoting quality care through the not-for-profit care sector for over 20 years.

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International & National Care Home Open Day

It’s that time of year again, National Care Home Open Day!

 

Happening on the 21st April 2018, its a little earlier than usual as it is coinciding with international care home open day.This years theme is about linking communities. It’s a chance to celebrate locally all the different people, cultures and interests, establishing new and meaningful friendships along the way. 

   

The idea behind the day is to encourage local people to visit care homes in their communities, hopefully resulting in working together to strengthen and create new relationships between the two. 

 

Its a great opportunity for you to showcase your care home and dispel any misconceptions the public might have towards care homes and older people. 

 

Visit the website to get involved www.carehomeopenday.org.uk.

 

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Connecting care homes to their communities event Northern Ireland 10th & 11th April 2018

Are you a care home in Northern Ireland who wants to learn more about the practical ways in which you can create new connects with your local community?

If so this is the event for you!!

Sign up quick and access your FREE ticket at Eventbrite.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/connecting-care-homes-to-communities-tickets-43838898325?err=29

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/connecting-care-homes-to-communities-tickets-43841154072?aff=es2

The events will be co-presented by The Reading Rooms and My Home Life. 10th April 2018 Derry/LondonDerry and 11th April 2018 Belfast.

During these events we’ll be sharing the learning captured on the importance of meaningful engagements with older people living in care homes, observing a reading room led by The Verbal Arts Centre’s Reading Rooms team and, Ulster University’s and MHL NI representative Sarah Penney will be sharing evidence on what makes good leadership in care homes. My Home Life will also be introducing and launching the new community engagement initiative Care Home Friends and Neighbours.

 

 

 

We have already had a lot of interest in both events so please register quickly and don’t miss out on what will be a fantastic fun filled day!

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FREE professional support to north west London care home managers

My Home Life have developed a bespoke Leadership & Professional Support Programme for care home managers. 1000 managers from across the UK have already joined the Programme and are using it to help drive forward evidence-based, relationship-centred care in their homes.

This 9-month programme is now being offered for FREE to care home managers working with older people in: Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster. (This programme has been commissioned by North West (NW) London Clinical Commissioning Groups with funding from Health Education NW London.)

To find out more, email us at mhl@city.ac.uk and we will send you details or complete the attached form.

My Home Life NW London – Get Involved

My Home Life Leadership and Professional Support for Care Home Managers

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Kimberley Court gets creative with their spare space

 

 

 

 

Kimberley Court Care Home in Cornwall, has been working on a project that looks at what to do with redundant spaces in care homes. Manager of the service Michelle, was inspired after reading about Rempods in The Express: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/674112/Scarlet-House-care-home-vintage-train-carriage-dementia-patients-RemPods

With encouragement from an area manager, and a successful application to the care home’s legacy fund, Michelle was able to start work in the redundant spaces in her care home on what effectively has become a reminiscence zone.

Initially, the project involved meeting with residents to discuss what they’d like to see from the reminiscence zone. From there staff were involved in the consultation of the space, clearing-out the area, painting and the creation of the zone. As the project developed Michelle started reaching out to the wider community in Newquay via social media. Soon people, supplies, ideas and skills came flooding in. Many got involved by donating such as a local carpenter who donated furniture, a local brewery who generously gave drinks for the launch event and many individuals from the surrounding community who gave vintage items to support the theme of the zone. The home even secured a local celebrity in to open the zone, Josh Curnow, as seen on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’.

Now the zone is used daily as a venue for reminiscing; it provides talking points for visiting relatives residents; it is an area for recreational activities such as pool and darts, and for more vocational activities such as cooking and washing up in the vintage kitchen.

Michelle proudly shared her experience of the homes transformation, ‘All our activities are meaningful and the street enables the staff to engage on another level with residents.’

Michelle regards this as the best thing she has done in her 25 years working in the social care sector. A supportive area manager and a company happy and able to provide funds were instrumental in enabling Michelle to realise her ambition. Michelle feels however that with only a little thought and imagination the lives of people with dementia can be drastically improved.

“Everyone has been so supportive and I’d like to thank my organisation for their continued support and the local companies who have been fantastic: Sharps Brewery, Wax Newquay, Sharon Rogers, The Little Bakery, and the Newquay community Facebook page have supported our vision for the street.”

My Home Life extends its thanks to Michelle and her team at Kimberly Court for sharing their story with us. Well done!

For more information on the fantastic work being done at Kimberley court please contact them Phone 0800 731 2020.

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The Optimal Research study; improve relationships with health colleagues!

Dear Friends,

you’ve no doubt recently seen our new bulletin which focuses on the practical delivery of the Optimal research study. Optimal tells health colleagues that care homes are an integral part of the ‘landscape of care’ and that care homes should be seen as partners not problems. The study shows how care homes and NHS colleagues can work better together to improve the lives of older people living in care.

There are several ways to learn more about the study. Download the MHL Bulletin for free and receive top tips on improving relationships with your NHS colleagues, read about best practice example from care home managers who have created strong relationships with health and finally, learn more about the positive impacts of improved relationships with health services through Optimal’s key findings.

The policy briefing of the Optimal Study has recently been published by the University of Hertfordshire and is available on their website to download for free https://medium.com/policyherts-reports/towards-better-healthcare-in-care-homes-2cf383dd7e4d

Lastly Optimal created a short film to showcase its key findings of the research https://youtu.be/bxgp8W-aPb8 . This short film is a fantastic resource to use with health colleagues when forging new relationships in your area.

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MUSIC is vital for care homes!

www.achoirineverycarehome.co.uk. Please help us spread the word!

Listen up My Home Lifers, ‘Live Music Now’ have created more fantastic resources for you to use in your care homes. New resources include videos, new research findings and toolkits to help both care homes and musicians perform more, higher quality singing.

‘Live music now’ through its research has found that regular live music can significantly enhance quality of life for older people living in care homes, as well as staff, carers and family members.

“Creativity and innovation are key ingredients in outstanding care homes, and regular singing and live music activities can help care homes positively address all five key questions our inspectors ask of care homes.” – Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

“A Choir in Every Care Home” is a new set of free resources to inspire and support care homes to engage with music. The project is a unique collaboration between 35 leading national organisations from adult social care, music and academic research. It is led by Live Music NowSound Sense and Canterbury Christ Church University, and funded by the Baring Foundation.

During the past two years, these organisations have worked together to investigate the growing evidence that singing and music benefits the elderly, and find examples of best practice. It includes surveys of over 400 care home staff and musicians, the largest ever review of academic research about music for older people, and its findings on quality assessments have been supported by the CQC itself.

“I know that the arts are really important to me in my life. I love going to the theatre, cinema and music. I don’t see why that should be any different when I’m old, or if I’m living in a care home.” – Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC

The latest resources from the project are being launched simultaneously on 20 September 2017 at the “Best Practice in Care” conference in Birmingham, and at the “Campaign to End Loneliness” event in London.

Consortium leader Evan Dawson of Live Music Now says: “We are all living longer lives, which should be celebrated, rather than feared. Later life should still be a time of exploration, creativity and happiness, even whilst living with dementia. The evidence we have seen demonstrates that music is an incredibly effective tool to achieve this, if it is done well. It needn’t be expensive, and everyone can benefit, including care staff and families. There’s nothing else like it!”

Of the research, Professor Stephen Clift says: “Taken as a whole, research on group singing for older people shows convincingly that singing can be beneficial for psychological and social wellbeing, and that it may be helpful in helping people to manage a wide range of health issues, including mental health challenges and physical health problems associated with chronic respiratory illness and Parkinson’s. It is clear also that singing activity can positively engage people across a spectrum of severity with dementia.”

“This is only the beginning,” says consortium partner Åsa Malmsten of Sound Sense. “Music is essential to our lives, and proven to benefit our mental and physical health, regardless of age or background. If the care sector embraces this, the evidence and resources we have collected could improve the quality of life of millions of people for years to come.

Details and photographs available from Live Music Now : 020 7014 2829 : lis.ssenjovu@livemusicnow.org

More information at www.livemusicnow.org.uk and www.achoirineverycarehome.co.uk

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Optimal Study film now available

Great news! A new piece of research – The Optimal Study – shows how the NHS and care homes can work better together to improve the lives of those who live in them. It recognises that care homes are playing an important role caring for older people with very complex needs, including high levels of dementia and suggests that, going forward, care homes need to be viewed by the NHS as equal partners. One of the most important findings is that it takes time and effort on all sides to improve relationships. You can now feel more confident in asking for this time from NHS colleagues, as there is evidence that this will benefit your residents and the shared care that you give. Why not be courageous and share a short film of the Optimal Study https://youtu.be/bxgp8W-aPb8 with your NHS colleagues to open up a dialogue about ‘What is working well now in your relationship with each other?’ and ‘What more could be done to make it even better?’

Enjoy!

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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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