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My Home Life Cymru

My Home Life Cymru

My Home Life Cymru is co-hosted by the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research, the Wales School for Social Care Research, and the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University. 

My Home Life Cymru is an international programme that aims to improve quality of life for those who live, die, visit and work in care homes and other health and social care settings.  The programme works in Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Germany and Australia!

My Home Life began in 2006 as a small project to synthesise the literature on best practice in care homes. Since then it has grown into a social movement to promote quality of life for those who are living, dying, visiting and working in care homes for older people. Over the past decade My Home Life has developed an international reputation for facilitating positive culture change and enabling care homes to both professionalise and articulate their expertise.

Have a look at a collection of My Home Life's Good Practice Guides here.

Email info@walessscr.org for more information.


Our Vision

A world where all 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 external professionals
  • Cherished by their local communities

Our Approach

Developing best practice together.

Our research on what older people want and what works in care homes identified eight best practice themes. These are: Maintaining identity, Sharing decision-making, Creating community, Managing transitions, Improving health and healthcare, Supporting good end-of-life, Promoting a positive culture and Keeping the workforce fit for purpose1.

Focusing on relationships

Underpinning the eight themes is a focus on enhancing relationships by enabling people to feel a sense of security, belonging, continuity, purpose, achievement and significance2.

Being appreciative

To support change in practice, My Home Life draws on Appreciative Inquiry3. We are interested in promoting positive dialogue by asking What is working well? How would you like things to be? How can we work together to make it happen? What can we do together to make it happen more of the time? This approach re-engages and re-energises people to challenge the status quo and develop and take forward practice development.

Having Caring Conversations

Developing best practice together, Focusing on relationships, and Being appreciative is enabled through Having Caring Conversations4. We support people to celebrate what is working well, consider the perspectives of all those involved, connect emotionally, be curious rather than judgmental, be courageous and take positive risks, collaborate to make things happen, and compromise in order to focus on what is possible.

My Home Life Cymru Leadership Support Programme

We would like to give you the opportunity to work with us to develop practice in relation to enhancing the lives of those who live, die, work and visit care homes.

The approach we use in the programme may be different from other training courses you have been on in the past. Our approach to learning is what some people call experiential, which means a central focus is to work with your experiences of caregiving, leading teams and developing practice.  Previous participants have been surprised by both the approach and how much they enjoyed learning and developing practice in their care setting.  Our commitment to you is to support you to promote positive cultural change in your care setting.  From you we need your commitment to engage in the programme and with the people who make up your learning group. We realise that the commitment to the programme is for a significant period of time but your attendance will get the most value and support your colleagues.


1. NCHR&D Forum (2007) My Home Life: Quality of life in care homes – Literature review, London: Help the Aged (Available at: http://myhomelife.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/mhl_review.pdf)

2. Nolan, M., Brown, J., Davies, S., Nolan, J. and J. Keady. (2006). The Senses Framework: Improving care for older people through a relationship-centred approach. University of Sheffield. ISBN 1-902411-44-7.

3. Reed, J (2007) Appreciative Inquiry. Research for Change, London: Sage.

4. Dewar B and Nolan M (2013) Caring about caring: Developing a model to implement compassionate relationship centred care in an older people care setting, International Journal of Nursing Studies, 50(9):1247-58.

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