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Keep stress away this Summer!

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Do you want to stay cool as a cucumber this Summer? MHL have spoken with Milton Keynes Care Home managers who have shared their top tips of how to keep stress away this summer! Why not try and see for yourself?   Leave work on time!         Help your team to ‘keep their plates […]

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The Baring Foundation’s David Cutler explains the magic happening in Wales

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  Wales has been creating magic with older people living in care homes by using the arts as a platform for engagement and meaningful activity. The cARTrefu project has been supported by My Home Life Cymru to provide training for the artists involved.  David Cutler, Director of the Baring Foundation has created a Blog explaining the work that […]

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Ever wonder what it takes to be Outstanding?

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  My Home Life spoke with a manager of a recently rated ‘Outstanding’ Dementia, Nursing, and residential care home, they kindly shared the key ingredients they needed to reach an ‘Outstanding’ rating. “Thing’s in the home improved when I was out of my office, it made me visible to staff relatives and residents and most […]

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Moving to a care home – what matters to you?

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I remember talking to one of our prospective residents at one of our care homes telling me about her “life of ever decreasing boxes” as she put it. From a large family property to a downsized house once her children had left home, then to a small warden controlled flat and now to one room […]

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Connecting a care home and a school

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Opening Doors. Sometimes you have those moments in your work that really affirm why you do what you do.  Those moments that really touch and stay with you; when you realise you are making a difference to people’s lives, even if in a very small way. At Alive!, my work involves bringing older and younger […]

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Care Homes in our Communities

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“Our residents do not live in our work place, we work in their home.” I have been sharing this quote from a care home worker and thinking about it a lot over the last few weeks. I feel very honoured as part of our ‘You Can Make a Difference’ Campaign and tour across the country […]

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Clear Lines of Communication

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Imagine my concerns when during a monthly team meeting it became apparent that my team felt that their ideas and worries were not acted on. The process we had in place to collect staff views was to feed them into the melting pot at staff meetings. But it became was clear to me only things […]

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Involving residents in staff recruitment

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Kindness is the most important attribute. We recently advertised a new post for an Activities Coordinator. One of our residents, Bella Watkins was asked if she would like to sit on the interview panel, she was delighted to be asked and agreed straight away! Bella received a copy of the interview questions prior to the […]

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Improving quality of life – a relative’s story

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I saw my Aunt’s frown disappear! Around five years after my aunt was diagnosed with dementia, I gave the social worker the go-ahead to look for a care home, he told me about a very good one, fairly local to where my aunt was living and run by the faith community that she was an […]

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