Care homes across the UK are being invited to open up a dialogue with residents, relatives, community groups and the wider public on what people can expect from care homes and how government and society can support care homes.

The Big Care Home Conversation, led by My Home Life, offers a unique opportunity to be part of a bold and inspiring project. Launching at the House of Commons on 16 May, and lasting for a month, the Conversation will engage the public in a UK-wide debate about care homes for older people, about what works now and what will be needed  from them in the future. Care homes are invited to open up a dialogue with residents, relatives, community groups and the wider public via a “conversation tree”. Care homes may choose to use a real tree outside, bring twigs inside or design and make their own tree. To begin the conversation, care homes will be encouraged to open up a dialogue around the question:

What makes life good in care homes now, what could make them better – and how might we get there?

People will then be able to respond by hanging their answers as “leaves” on the tree. All the trees will thus become objects of ideas, wishes and comment on best practice in care homes. Alternatively, members of the public will be able choose to visit the My Home Life website where they can add their thoughts.

The Big Care Home Conversation needs your support. If you are a care home, or provider group and would like to engage in the Big Care Home Conversation, then register your interest at: mhl@city.ac.ukMy Home Life will support you by providing downloadable resources including posters, banners and other materials to get your conversations up and running. You can also follow along on Twitter @MyHomeLife1

Photo courtesy of leo19981.

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