My Home Life

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



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 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


"How about using a tree in your home to start conversations and share decisions?"

“As I’ve been going through the My Home Life Leadership Support programme I’ve been looking at how we can be doing more to share decision making in our care home. We’ve already tried a few different things in the past, like asking the residents to pick the design for the invitation card we made for […]

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"Commemorating and forgiving with residents and the local community"

A manager shares plans for a really special event commemorating residents’ memories and the war experiences of them and and their families – with a theme of forgiveness. It all started when our local MP realised that the children in our area didn’t really know that much about the history of the area and wanted […]

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