My Home Life Northern Ireland

My Home Life NI – Leadership Support & Practice

Development Programme 2017


8 Best Practice Themes

Maintaining Identity: Working creatively with residents to maintain their sense of personal identity and engage in meaningful activity.

Sharing Decision-making: Facilitating informed risk-taking and the involvement of residents, relatives and staff in shared decision-making in all aspects of home life.

Creating Community: 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.

Managing Transitions: Supporting people both to manage the loss and upheaval associated with going into a home and help them to move forward.

Improving Health and Healthcare: Ensuring adequate access to healthcare services and promoting health to optimise residents’ quality of life.

Supporting Good End 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.

Keeping Workforce Fit for Purpose: Identifying and meeting ever-changing training needs within the care home workforce.

Promoting a Positive Culture: Developing leadership, management and expertise to deliver a culture of care where care homes are seen as a positive option.

You can find out more about all the 8 themes on the MHL UK website where each theme has a summary, resources and a DVD encouraging staff to learn more about residents’ lives and helps them to tailor their care to each individual.

Visit MHL UK Web Site

Hear from managers who have completed the MHL NI Leadership programme – watch a series of short videos

My Home Life Northern Ireland

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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