We are very excited to hear that The Big Care Home Conversation is really taking off in Northern Ireland. Amanda Leitch, a care home manager in a residential home, has been very active in engaging others to keep the conversation going across borders, which we are incredibly grateful for. This photo was taken in October features Laura McEldowney (Registration Officer), Brendan Johnston (NISCC Chief Exec), Jim Perry (NISCC Chair), Ciaran Maguire (Communications Team Leader) with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.
At a celebration to launch the My Home Life Big Care Home Conversation, Minister for Care Services, Paul Burstow, warmly welcomed the opportunity offered for debate about care homes for older people.
A “big fan” of the My Home Life movement which promotes quality of care in homes for older people, the Minister expressed his belief that “quality of care is absolutely critical and at the heart of that is an understanding that relationships matter”. He recognised that imaginative care home managers make the difference “between a good care home and a great care home.”
Sara Young, a care home manager from Wiltshire, spoke of the empowering effect of the My Home life Action Learning Sets for managers which enable “already passionate people to gain the management skills to change cultures in their care homes.”
“We want older people to be at the heart of their local communities,” said Tom Owen, “We hope to encourage the public to better understand the pivotal role that care homes play, the challenges they face and the kind of support that will help deliver quality care to older people.”
Thoughts and ideas recorded at the events and on the online tree at will be collated and the results presented to Government so ADD YOUR VOICE NOW!
Phase 2 of the My Home Life Wales pilot project began in May 2010, with 9 more care homes coming aboard. Phase 3 will commence in November 2010, and will continue until June 2011. By the end of the My Home Life Wales pilot project, at least twenty four homes from across Wales should be part of the network.
Following the establishment of the Advisory Group and a highly successful launch event at College Fields Nursing Home, Barry on the 25th June 2009 the pilot homes have been chosen and the team are currently making preparations for the annual conference to be held on the 19th November 2009 near Newton, Mid Wales.
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