The Management of Death in Care Homes: Homemaking and Death Panel

Teggi, Diana (2021). The Management of Death in Care Homes: Homemaking and Death Panel. In: The 15th International Conference on the Social Context of Death, Dying and Disposal: Diversity and Decolonisation, 1-4 Sep 2021, [Online].



In England, care homes for older adults function as both homes and institutions for their residents. As a matter of fact, residents live in the care home, where they spend most of their time, have many of their personal belongings and their registered addresses. At the same time, care homes are institutions for the care and safety of residents, with legislative and regulatory frameworks governing the (social and health) care residents receive, staff’s working practices and residents’ lives on their premises. I call this set of regulatory pressures shaping the care home system ‘care home governance’. In this paper, I analyse how residents’ dying is managed so as to happen in the care home and realise both governance objectives and cultural expectations of a ‘good’ death. The notion of home is engaged differently by governance and staff perspectives when they claim that a care home death is a ‘good’ death. Part of the Homemaking and Death Panel organised by Dr Kate Woodthorpe (Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath)

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