Launched at a conference yesterday, the first of the My Home Life regional websites has now gone live.
My Home Life Medway launched last week, and was highly praised by those managers who attended. The day was seen as particularly useful for the amount of information sharing which went on. With discussions about – amongst other things – dental practices which accommodate older people within the home environment, ideas around end of life care and bereavement packs that homes have put together, doll therapy, pet therapy, domestic chores involving residents and cinema nights.
Having launched on the 27th of April this year, My Home Life Plymouth is making buoyant progress. There was high demand for the programme and with the homes selected, they are now embarking on their training.
In the last eighteen months, the My Home Life Wiltshire programme has been focussing on the best practice theme of leadership. A group of eleven care home managers has been funded by Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire to take part in a Leadership Programme, designed to develop the skills needed to support the culture change that underpins My Home Life.
My Home Life Medway launches on the 20th of July in an event at The Corn Exchange, Rochester. Numerous care homes for the elderly from across Medway have been invited, and the day promises to be a great introduction to the My Home Life movement as well as a fantastic networking event.
My Home Life is working with West Kent Adult Social Services on a programme of training for managers of West Kent homes, both in-house and from the private sector.
In May this year, over 100 delegates from a range of settings attended the launch. It was a great day and feedback from the managers was extremely positive. Furthermore uptake of training places for the programme has been excellent.
My Home Life North East continues to expand and now includes over 110 care homes committed to developing and improving practice. Holding numerous workshops – which include residents, relatives, managers, staff and researchers – the homes have been looking at issues across Maintaining Identity, Creating Community and Promoting a Positive Culture. A specific focus of this work has been on supporting social interaction that has resulted in the development of the INTERACT framework.
My Home Life Leeds had a successful launch at the centre of the city on Monday the 14th of June. A good mix of representatives from council-run and private care homes were in attendance, along with various healthcare providers and other interesting parties. This day long event offered a background to the project and listed the numerous benefits it can bring.
My Home Life Essex continues to grow, with care homes across the country invited to join. The group is working with Essex County Council, the Primary Care Trusts and various academics (as well as primary and secondary schools, local libraries, youth service, museums, and community allotments), towards achieving excellence in the My Home Life eight best practice themes.
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.