My Home Life is a UK-wide initiative that promotes quality of life and delivers positive change in care homes for older people.
We work with care homes, statutory bodies, community organisations and others to co-create new ways of working to better meet the needs of older people, relatives and staff.
Our vision is a world where care homes are great places to live, die, visit and work; where care homes are:
- Supported to deliver to their potential
- Valued and trusted by those who work with them
- Cherished by their local communities
“What makes for good practice in care homes?”
Working alongside 60 academic researchers and care home practitioners as part of the National Care Home Research and Development Forum, My Home Life has created a vision for quality of life that thousands of care home practitioners are now using to support their practice.
The vision has four components, which together are relevant not only to older people but also relatives and staff in care homes.
- Best practice themes (identifies what older people want and what works)
- Relationship-centred care (provides the underlying approach to deliver best practice)
- Caring conversations (helps us to achieve relationship-centred care)
- Being appreciative (our starting point for exploring what works well and why)
Care homes can use the vision to:
- Guide their practice development
- Identify evidence of good practice to communicate to external bodies including inspectors and commissioners
- Celebrate the great work that they are already doing
Too often care homes have to respond to quality frameworks decided by external agencies. The My Home Life vision is unique as it is owned by care homes – and articulates the expertise of the sector in supporting older people. The MHL vision is also acknowledged by government as a “recognised quality scheme” for the sector.