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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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Bulletin Issue 19: We Are Family

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Care homes play a vital part in supporting families, especially at times of transition. Working with relatives can be rewarding, complex and at times challenging.

The latest My Home Life bulletin celebrates the great work that managers and staff do to support families when they visit and offers some examples of good practice from relatives and staff.

Thanks for reading and please keep sending in your great stories!

Download issue 19 of the My Home Life Bulletin here.

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Food Glorious Food!

 

How to make the most of mealtimes in care homes.

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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, increasing appetites and involving residents, relatives and staff in decision making.

MHL Bulletin ISSUE 18 WEB

 

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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

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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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Ten Top Tips for Christmas

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  1. Join in “Care homes 4 Christmas” by thinking how your home might be able to provide support to isolated older people in the community over the Christmas period.
  2. Bring residents, staff and relatives together to share Christmas memories.
  3. Explore with residents what Christmas rituals and activities they would like to have in the home.
  4. Create an internal post box for residents, relatives and staff to send cards and presents to one another.
  5. Meet with family and friends to identify presents for residents that will really make a difference.
  6. Welcome volunteers into the home to help with fun activities.
  7. Have a list of out-of-hours chemists to hand!
  8. Recognise that there may be spouses, family or friends of former residents who have died who might be on their own and would really appreciate hearing from you
  9. Offer flexibility with Christmas rotas to your hard-pressed staff if you can.
  10. Explore in a New Year’s discussion group with residents, staff and their families what they might want from your care home in 2013.
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