1st Edition

Creative Arts-Based Research in Aged Care Photovoice, Photography and Poetry in Action

By Evonne Miller Copyright 2021
    178 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This timely book explores what it is like to live in an aged care home: the expectations that new residents and their families enter with, their relationships with fellow residents and formal caregivers, and how they approach, in different ways, the reality that this place is where they will die.

    Creative Arts-Based Research in Aged Care draws on an immersive semi-longitudinal four-year study and purposely privileges the voices and perspective of older residents. Using creative arts-based qualitative research methods, specifically participatory photography and research poetry, it demonstrates the experience of contemporary aged care from the perspective of those who matter most: older residents. Divided into three parts covering entering residential aged care, daily life in aged care and dying in aged care, the book stimulates debate and discussion about current practice, and the future of aged care in the context of rapid population ageing and care automation.

    It is essential reading for all scholars and students working in the fields of gerontology, social work, psychology, design, and nursing, particularly those tasked with redesigning aged care in the twenty-first century.

    List of Figures
    List of Poems
    List of Tables


    Chapter 1. Why we must talk about residential aged care

    Chapter 2. Arts-based research

    Part 1: Entering aged care

    Chapter 3. Leaving home – and entering aged care

    Part 2: Daily life in aged care

    Chapter 4. 1022 days: why design matters

    Chapter 5. Everyday life, health, and leisure

    Chapter 6. Relationships with staff and family

    Chapter 7. Secrets and sexuality: the value of trauma-informed care

    Part 3: Dying in aged care

    Chapter 8. Death and dying in aged care

    Chapter 9. The transformative potential of technology

    Chapter 10. Thinking differently about aged care



    Evonne Miller is Professor of Design Psychology and Director of the QUT Design Lab in the Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. With a background in environmental and design psychology, Evonne’s research focuses on creating sustainable, inclusive and age-friendly places – and she is a passionate advocate for creative arts-based participatory research methods.