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Writing Life Histories : A Guide for Use in Caring Environments, Paperback / softback Book

Writing Life Histories : A Guide for Use in Caring Environments Paperback / softback


Writing Life Histories is a practical handbook which gives clear guidance on how to put together life histories in supportive or residential settings. It provides:step-by-step guidanceideas for different types of life historiesactivities, strategies and material for prompting memorieshelpful tools and writing tipssuggestions for support and forming partnerships with other local servicesideas for involving the person's family and friendsdiscussion on ethical issues to be considered. The benefits of engaging a group or an individual in life history activities include:an aid to memorycreative stimulationa personalised identity when in a residential homepromotion of interaction and co-operation with otherscontinuity with previous life experience thus combating loss of identity as well as an excellent opportunity to pass on knowledge and experience to others. For staff knowing about past experiences will promote an understanding of behaviour, needs and outlook on life resulting in more personalised care.

Staff have references for conversation with cognitive impaired individuals and knowledge about life accomplishments which promotes respect for individuals.

This is an indispensible resource for anyone interested in compiling life histories including nurses, residential home staff, carers, tutors and occupational therapists, group facilitators in day centres, clubs for the elderly or learning disabilities.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Care of the elderly
  • ISBN: 9780863888267

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