Promoting a new vision for care home practice – the ‘My Home Life’ programme
By Tom Owen, City University, and Professor Julienne Meyer, City University in association with NCHR&D Forum
Older people living in care homes are one of the most challenging groups with whom UK health and social care staff have to work. Two out of three older people living in care homes experience some level of cognitive impairment and 75% of care home residents are classified as being severely disabled (Office of Fair Trading 2005). It is also thought that up to 40% of care home residents are depressed. In response to this, Help the Aged has teamed up with the National Care Forum and City University, along with other collaborators to develop a new programme called ‘My Home Life’.