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.
Table of Contents
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.