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Our vision is a world where all care homes for older people are great places to live, die, visit and work.

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“I like the sound of My Home Life – but where do I start?”

As a starting point, we’d recommend reading through the Good Practice section. There are videos and resources to help you understand the My Home Life vision for best practice.

Another good place to start is to ask yourself (and others, including older people, relatives and staff) the following questions about something in your care home:

  • What’s working well now?
  • What could make it even better?
  • How might we get there?

Asking positive questions like ‘What’s working well now?’ means that you don’t just focus on the problems. When you ask other people positive questions you get a clearer idea of what their values and preferences are and help them feel part of the change they want to see.

You can sign up to receive our practice updates to keep in touch with good practice happening everyday in care homes around the country.

My Home Life offers a starter toolkit which supports better communication across managers, older people, relatives and staff in care homes. Get in touch for more information.

There are lots of other tools that have been developed to support best practice in care homes – have a look at the list developed by My Home Life Scotland. Consider using (or asking your manager if you could use) some of these resources in team meetings/with older people and their relatives/any other conversations you’re having in and around the care home.

Found something that really helps promote good quality of life in your care home? Let us know – we love to hear your stories! Email mhl@city.ac.uk

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"Best practice in care environments: Seeing people in later life as individuals, not as conditions."

My Home Life’s very own Professor Julienne Meyer was recently interviewed by Anna Melville James for The Elder Magazine about Best Practice in Care Environments: Seeing People in Later Life as Individuals, Not as Conditions. Julienne is the executive director of My Home Life, she is passionate about best practice in care environments. Julienne spoke […]

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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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