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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 can work better together to improve the lives of older people living in care.

There are several ways to learn more about the study. Download the MHL Bulletin for free and receive top tips on improving relationships with your NHS colleagues, read about best practice example from care home managers who have created strong relationships with health and finally, learn more about the positive impacts of improved relationships with health services through Optimal’s key findings.

The policy briefing of the Optimal Study has recently been published by the University of Hertfordshire and is available on their website to download for free https://medium.com/policyherts-reports/towards-better-healthcare-in-care-homes-2cf383dd7e4d

Lastly Optimal created a short film to showcase its key findings of the research https://youtu.be/bxgp8W-aPb8 . This short film is a fantastic resource to use with health colleagues when forging new relationships in your area.

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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.

Hard copies available on request – email mhl@city.ac.uk or call us on +44 207 040 5776. Continue Reading

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Supporting Dignity – new bulletin OUT NOW

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They say good things come in small packages and now the My Home Life bulletin is no exception!

Your July edition of Care Management Matters came with a newly sized-down MHL bulletin (to fit snugly with Care Management Matters’ new size), filled with stories and thoughts on how to best support dignity for those living in your care home.This edition of our mini-magazine for the care sector was developed in partnership with the New Dynamics of Ageing programme, and shares the learning from one of their research projects, led by Dr Liz Lloyd.
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If you haven’t received a copy of your My Home Life bulletin, please make sure you’re signed up to receive Care Management Matters (free for care providers) or if you think you might have missed out on this one – get in touch – we’ve got some spares we can post to you.

 

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New JRF Report Launched Today!

Care homes must not be “islands of the old” says new report

Care homes will play an ever-increasing role in supporting older people in the future yet are being held back by a culture of “negativity” and “stigma” felt by both care workers and older people. At the moment too many care homes lack engagement with their local community and lack support from health services and local authorities says the report.
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"I asked the children if they would come again to which they replied ,yes!"

Heavy snow, icy roads, and school closures were the outcomes of last week’s 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 […]

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"I get to listen to interesting stories about the residents’ lives and my eyes have been opened up to a completely different lifestyle to my own"

Student Hubs is a national organisation which supports students to tackle social challenges, learn about issues and connect with each other. The Bristol Hub, which supports the students of the University of Bristol, has been collaborating with My Home Life as they work towards creating stronger relationships with care homes in the south west of England. Bristol Hub has created […]

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