Good practice blog

Our blog features real-life stories from those living, dying, working and visiting care homes across the UK. If you’ve got a story you’d like to share, get in touch: mhl@city.ac.uk

Quality of Life: reaching out for support

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Bulletin 23 is out now! Download your FREE copy from our Resources page In this issue, we look at ‘Quality of Life: reaching out for support’. We explore the benefits that engaging with communities can bring to your care home. You will see we’ve been busy over the last few months gathering together your best […]

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Celebrating improvements in care homes across North West London

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The My Home Life team at City delivered a leadership support programme to care home managers, which led to improvements to leadership and staff morale, and to care and support for residents and their families. Care home managers recently came together at City, University of London to celebrate the improvements that have been made in their […]

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Stories of building community connections from Kepplegate Care Services.

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Keeplegate care home has been working hard to connect residents to their local communities. Their story helps us all to think about what’s possible when asking our local communities for support in enhancing quality of life for older people living in care homes. Recently the family residing in Kepplegate Care Home in Preesall, had a wonderful evening when they were […]

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Going the extra yard; because the extra yards together make the extra mile

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Kinections is a project ran by My Home Life Scotland. Kinections aims to develop and grow sustainable dementia-friendly communities in East Ayrshire with and for older people with dementia living in care homes and those who support them, enabling them to enjoy the best possible quality of life. Recently the Kinection’s team has been spending time in local East […]

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Good care, mean good communication

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We all know that having more meaningful conversations is what many older people long for, especially if they are living with dementia in a care home. We asked Sarah Reed, a specialist in dementia communication and friend of My Home Life to help us understand how we can better connect with older people with cognitive impairment, […]

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Making it happen! By Sarah Crockett – Community Coordinator from Bath

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When I think about activity provision, I think of everyday meaningful interactions with residents, families, staff and volunteers. An activity can simply be greeting someone when you walk through the door in the morning, or perhaps sharing a cup of tea and a chat with a resident. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but it […]

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Danuta’s a winner!

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My Home Life facilitator and BACP member Danuta Lipinska had cause for celebration after bespoke training she helped to develop was recognised at the National Dementia Care Awards 2018. Danuta, who specialises in ageing and dementia care, won the ‘Outstanding Dementia Care’ Innovation category for developing high-quality services for people living with dementia. It was […]

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Kimberley court get creative with their space

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Michelle is the manager of Kimberley Court Care Home in Newquay, Cornwall, Anchor Group. With redundant space in her care home, crying out to be used, she was inspired after reading about Rempods in this article: 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 […]

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It’s s-NO-w problem!

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2018’s heavy snow, icy roads, and school closures were the outcomes of 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 of […]

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