My Home Life

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

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In this section you’ll find News on MHL activities; a blog with good practice stories from care homes across the UK (don’t forget to share your own stories!); info for press and our library of resources and videos.

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Celebrating ten years of My Home Life

ten yearsA birthday present to our network

Over the coming 12 months, we will be sending out a host of tools, badges, stickers and briefings to our network to help them celebrate the great things that they are doing in care homes and share their great stories with us!

Celebrating the great work that you are delivering

We will be taking part in events across the country (list of UK events coming soon) to celebrate the great work we are doing and keep sharing stories of best practice on our website.

Creating new insights and evidence

We will be updating the evidence base for quality in care homes and sharing new insights and stories that come out of the year’s celebrations.
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New MHL posters!

 

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New images of the evidence base of My Home Life are now available to download!

These posters show all the components of the MHL vision – as well as how they all fit together. Huge thanks to the team in MHL Scotland who have been working hard to bring these together!

You can download posters on the individual aspects of the evidence base:

Best practice themes (read more here)

Relationship centred care (read more here)

Caring Conversations (read more here)

Being appreciative

As well as posters of all the components of the evidence base and how they lead to quality of life in care homes. You can also find the new posters under ‘Posters’ in our Resources library.

 

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New MHL bulletin in the January practice update

Our latest email update is below – free to all – sign up on this page

“If one thing is certain it is that care homes operate with uncertainty and upheaval every day… we’ve got through it before, we can get through it again.”Looking after yourself cover line

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for your tips on supporting managers and care home teams to take care of themselves at times of stress.

We’ve collected some of your advice into our new bulletin ‘Looking after yourself and those around you’, out now in Care Management Matters and on our website.

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“I have had a lived experience of a Northern Irish care home doing really, really well in the dying process.”

Eina McHugh

A story from Slieve na Mon Nursing Home in Northern Ireland has been featured by the BBC – telling a tale of a family being supported through their father’s death.

The item, from a care home whose manager recently completed the My Home Life Leadership Support programme, tells the story of the McHugh family.

We’re delighted to see such a wonderful story in the press about the brilliant end of life care provided by the nursing home – not only for Mr McHugh himself, but for his whole family. It’s a testament to them that the family felt so moved they wanted to share their story with the world.

You can hear the interview on BBC Radio Ulster.

And read ‘How can we wake our father in a nursing home?’ on the BBC News website.

 

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Call for advice – practice update from MHL

The current edition of our practice update is out now – sign up for your free email update here.

Dear friends,

Your advice? Sue, a care home manager writes:

“Things are really hard at the moment for the whole team in the care home, I know my staff are looking over their shoulders for the next round of cut backs. I’m feeling the pressure myself too. Any tips for how I can better support myself and the team to get through this tough time?”

Get in touch with your tips:

  • What do you do to take care of yourself?
  • What’s helpful for supporting your team (even when you’re low on time and money)?

Email mhl@city.ac.uk call us on 0207 040 0260.

Best wishes,

The My Home Life Team

www.myhomelife.org.uk

P.S. For anyone interested in Enhancing health in care homes – there’s still time to register for a 1st December event on that topic.

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Nominate a Welsh care home for the MHL Cymru Award 2016

Nominations close

The annual Age Cymru Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony  will take place at the Cardiff Marriott on 11 March 2016. The awards night is an extremely important event for Age Cymru as it gives us a chance to reward those people who have significantly improved the lives of older people in Wales. It is also a great way to raise the profile of the public perception of care homes.

You have the opportunity to nominate a care home for the My Home Life Cymru Award, tell us how they support, involve and enhance the quality of life of their residents. Nominate a care home by telling us about the work they do and share stories of the day to day life of the home that gives people the opportunity to continue to enjoy life. This award recognises exceptional practice epitomising the My Home Life ethos and approach. My Home Life Cymru is a successful programme which works with care homes across Wales to ensure residents enjoy fully enriched lives.

For further information and to nominate your home for the My Home Life Cymru Award, please contact the team on 029 2043 1555 or email fundraising@agecymru.org.uk.

More details on the Gala and Awards are available on the Age Cymru website.

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New film profiling local community links with care homes

The MHL Essex Friends and Neighbours or ‘FaNs’ programme is featured in a new film which tells the story of the huge value of connections between care homes and their local communities.

Watch the film here:

For the second year running, Care England has joined forces with ITN Productions to produce an online news-style programme entitled “Caring Communities” exploring the complex role of care and the remarkable initiatives happening in the sector as demand grows exponentially.

More details about FaNs can be found at www.fansnetwork.org and you can read more about the film here.

 

 

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Northern Ireland holds My Home Life conference

NI conferenceSeptember saw the first conference for My Home Life in Northern Ireland; the Improving Quality of Life in Nursing & Residential Homes Conference was held at Magee, Ulster University with over 170 delegates.

The conference was targeted at health and social care practitioners across a range of sectors who are interested in improving quality of life for residents, relatives and staff in nursing and residential homes. Delegates included HSC representatives across the 5 trusts, RQIA, care home managers and provider’s and academic and research staff from Ulster University.
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New My Home Life app launched!

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Stay Connected to the My Home Life movement and download the new My Home Life App today

Each Monday those signed up to the free My Home Life app will receive a message; it may be a thought, a top tip, an action or a question. The words in the messages have been developed from our learning across the four UK nations about what makes a difference to enhancing the quality of lives of those living, working and visiting care homes.
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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?"

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