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The Best Care Is Like Sunshine: Accessing Older People’s Experiences of Living in Care Homes Through Creative Writing

Brown-Wilson, Christine; Tetley, Josie; Healy, 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 & Aging, 35(1) pp. 1–20.

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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, Re-discovering the self, Change and adaptation, 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: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN: 1544-4368
Keywords: creative writing; long-term care; active aging; older people; nursing homes
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Health and Social Care > Nursing
Item ID: 26573
Depositing User: Josie Tetley
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 10:31
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 22:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/26573
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