My Home Life

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

Research

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At My Home Life, we undertake a broad range of research on issues affecting quality of life for older people. We are based within the Quality of Care for Older People Research Group, part of the Centre for Health Services Research at City University London, a hub of expertise on appreciative action research.

Research networks

National Care Home Research and Development Forum

We work in collaboration with other researchers through the National Care Home Research and Development Forum (NCHRDF). The Forum was established in 2003 to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to network, share information and ideas arising from their work. The NCHRDF aims to:

  • Share personal experiences of conducting research in care homes to examine the issues and challenges that were encountered and how these were addressed
  • Debate the (in)appropriateness of methodologies for researching in care homes and explore possibilities for methodological development
  • Influence the national agenda on research and development in care homes identify and share information about sources of funding for research in this field
  • Agree an ethical code of practice
  • Provide support for post-graduate students

If you are a researcher interested in joining the Forum to network, share information and ideas arising from their work, you can join the mailing list here.

International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA)

My Home Life is represented on the board of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA). IAHSA maintains a depository for care home research from around the world; we use the IAHSA website to share our research findings, and would encourage other researchers to do the same.

Research collaboration

If you are a care home manager interested in participating in research or wanting to connect with a researcher, please contact mhl@city.ac.uk with details of your location, topic of interest and any other relevant information.

You may also be interested in the Research Ready Care Home Network run by ENRICH (Enabling Research in Care Homes).

Our Blog

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"Welcoming children into the care home (with free guide!)"

Over the years we’ve had a relationship with different groups of young people in our care home but we had lost contact with them, so we decided to start to build the links up again. It wasn’t completely straightforward – when we first started to try to find groups to link with some of them […]

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"Sharing decision-making and listening to your community in renovation projects"

I’m the Chief Operating Officer of The Fed– a social care charity which runs many community projects for people of all ages and large residential and nursing home for older people. We took over the home in 2009 and it was clear that the building needed an upgrade. It was a typical 1970’s building, which […]

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