The best care is like sunshine : accessing older people's experiences of living in care homes through creative writing

BROWN WILSON, Christine, TETLEY, Josie, HEALEY, Joan and WOLTON, River (2011). The best care is like sunshine : accessing older people's experiences of living in care homes through creative writing. Activities, adaptation and aging, 35 (1), 1-20.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01924788.2010.550482
Link to published version:: 10.1080/01924788.2010.550482

Abstract

This study explored the value of creative writing as an activity in a long-term residential setting. A series of seven workshops were facilitated in a nursing home in the United Kingdom by a professional writer. Eight older women in their 80s and 90s with varying degrees of physical and sensory impairment participated in the workshops. A thematic analysis of the women's work identified five key themes: being confronted by loss, unlocking memories, rediscovering the self, changing and adapting, and giving and receiving care. Their writings provide unique insights as to how older women reflect on their lives and experiences following their move into long-term care.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1080/01924788.2010.550482
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 23 May 2012 11:58
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 11:58
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5133

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