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Title: Home from home : concepts of home and homeliness in two residential care settings
Author: Barradell, Emma Louise.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3447 2733
Awarding Body: Keele University
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2004
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This study has been conducted in response to policy initiatives that have aimed to model residential care upon a homely or domesticated ideal. This objective is consolidated by the publications of Home Life (1984) and A Better Home Life (1996) that maintained that older people have rights to receive care in `homely' environments. A major concern of the study has been to contribute to research that has examined the topic of residential care within a domesticated framework. The study intends to integrate these topics in order to further knowledge about the way in which the notion of home can be related to the residential care setting. The study uses the method of participant observation and investigates constructions of home and homeliness in two residential settings. The aim of the research has been to examine, to what extent, the two settings utilise the concept of home within the respective environments with regard to the realities of everyday life, the nature of social relationships and the philosophy of care for residents. The study provides a discussion of how the construction of homeliness is either enhanced or inhibited by the environments and accompanying routines that shape the everyday life experiences of residents. Results indicate that it is factors associated with the structure of routines, the use of space and the consequences of disability that are particularly instrumental in influencing feelings of homelinessThe study makes recommendations for the development of further research to focus on comparisons between people receiving care in their own homes and people receiving care in other special settings. It is considered that this will broaden knowledge about how feelings of homeliness for older people are influenced and determined by the different environments that people inhabit as they grow older
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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