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<i>My</i> home life: exploring the evidence base for best practice

Julienne Meyer and Tom Owen

in Mental Health and Care Homes

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Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754722 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199593637.003.0026
My home life: exploring the evidence base for best practice

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This chapter summarizes the evidence base underpinning the My Home Life (MHL) programme, a UK-wide initiative to promote quality of life in care homes for older people. The work was originally undertaken by members of the National Care Homes Research and Development Forum, who worked collaboratively to update an earlier review of the care needs of older people and family caregivers in continuing care settings. Findings focus on eight relationship-centred themes. The chapter begins by describing the MHL initiative, showing how it has grown from a project into a social movement. The difference between quality of life and quality of care is highlighted and the importance of good relationships between residents, relatives, and staff noted. The evidence base for each of the eight themes is then presented and an argument made for relationship-centred care as the key to best practice in care homes; in particular, for those with dementia.

Chapter.  9178 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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