Understanding Care as Relationship: promising practices and new possibilities

Liz Lloyd, Albert Banerjee, Monique Lanoix, Sally Chivers, Susan Braedly, Tone Elin Mekki

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The aim of this paper is to contribute to the development of gerontological theory on the ‘fourth age’, drawing on empirical research findings on promising practices in approaches to care in residential care settings.
Between 2010 and 2015, case studies of care homes in six participating countries were carried out, using documentary analysis and rapid ethnography. Observations of daily life and interviews with a range of people connected to the homes produced a wealth of data. Analysis is ongoing.
In all jurisdictions there is an evident need to re-orientate ideas about care from commodity to relationship in order to realise the potential of care to promote health and wellbeing. The everyday practices of care in these settings show the many ways in which it is possible for care workers and others to value residents, to alleviate their physical and psychological pain and assist with maintaining their sense of self.
Findings from this research on promising practices offer a valuable contribution to a better understanding of the fourth age and the development of new cultural narratives of old age in the context of care.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2016
Event23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology: Good Ageing: Better Society - Tampere Convention Bureau, Tampere, Finland
Duration: 18 Jun 201622 Jun 2016


Conference23rd Nordic Congress of Gerontology
Abbreviated title23NKG 2016
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