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 […]


Food Glorious Food!

  How to make the most of mealtimes in care homes. In our new bulletin we talk about food – everyones favourite subject. But, it is not just the food that makes mealtimes enjoyable. We asked care homes around the UK for their best practice tips for when it comes to creating a social mealtime, […]


Alive in me – a poem by a care home resident

ALIVE IN ME – By Tudor Evans, Hengoed Park I can still hear her singing in her high, clear voice humming around our house two streets from the colliery, riddling the ashes from the stove in the scullery.   I can still feel his strong arms around me, carrying me to the mine to lie […]


This is your Mums home

What makes a good care home? Mum never wanted to go into a care home; she used to say “they are all full of old people sitting around sleeping.” She based this on her visits to ‘old people’s homes’ when she used to entertain them as a member of her local church club choir – […]


Check your emails – new MHL update out now

Read below for the first in a new series of monthly updates from the My Home Life team, sharing top tips and ideas from care homes across the country. If you’ve got some top tips you’d like to share with others in the sector, do get in touch – we’re on or 0207 040 […]


An inspiring story from Cheryl, Manager of Wittersham Care Home

Wittersham is home for up to 15 residents with a dementia based within West View Integrated Care Centre in Tenterden. Read Cheryl’s inspiring story of creating a pub in their home! One of our members of staff felt that our unit needed a space for our service users to reminisce and have a meeting place […]


Residents set up their own farm

This story was kindly sent in by Maura Horan, Director of Nursing, Mowlam Healthcare We are a 54 bedded Private Nursing Home on the west coast of Ireland and located just 8 miles from Galway City. The scene was set. The day had come and a democratic decision was made to get the home its […]


MHL home wins prestigious award

The Old Vicarage Care Home in Dorset (the home filmed for the ‘Keeping Workplace Fit for Purpose’ segment of the My Home Life film project), has picked up an honour at The Great British Care Home Awards. Jan Millward was awarded Care Home Activity Organiser of the Year.


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