Find out how it started and learn about the core work of My Home Life...
My Home life Northern Ireland is part of an international initiative that promotes quality of life and delivers positive change in care homes for older people.
My Home Life principles are underpinned by an evidence base.
Thousands of care home practitioners are now using this vision for quality of life to support their practice.
Eight best practice themes were identified which were then translated into a conceptual framework for use by the care home sector to inform and support practice:
Working creatively with residents to maintain their sense of personal identity and engage in meaningful activity.
Facilitating informed risk-taking and the involvement of residents, relatives and staff in shared decision-making in all aspects of home life.
Optimising relationships between and across staff, residents, family, friends and the wider local community.
Encouraging a sense of security, continuity, belonging, purpose, achievement and significance for all.
Supporting people both to manage the loss and upheaval associated with going into a home and help them to move forward.
Ensuring adequate access to healthcare services and promoting health to optimise residents’ quality of life.
Valuing the ‘living’ and ‘dying’ in care homes and helping residents to prepare for a ‘good death’ with the support of their families.
Identifying and meeting ever-changing training needs within the care home workforce.
Developing leadership, management and expertise to deliver a culture of care where care homes are seen as a positive option.
It (MHL) recognises the very valuable work and care the homes provide
I enjoyed and benefited from the programme immensely, even just to spend time with other managers and work through things together
We’ve all got the same kind of problems, it’s great to know you’re not alone and when we talk through the problems, the solutions become clearer.
I think the My Home Life programme should be the standard. I think all managers should take the opportunity to do it, in fact, I think it should be part of the process of becoming a registered manager