Life histories are a valuable way of gathering information about a persons life, background, family and social network. This book is a practical handbook which gives clear guidance on how to put together life histories in supportive or residential settings. With step-by-step guidance, ideas for different types of life histories, activities, strategies and material for prompting memories, helpful tools and writing tips, suggestions for support and forming partnerships with other local services, ideas for involving the persons family and friends and discussion on ethical issues to be considered.
The benefits include an aid to memory; creative stimulation; a personalised identity when in a residential home; promotion of interaction and cooperation with others; continuity with previous life experience thus combating loss of identity as well as an excellent opportunity to pass on knowledge and experience to others. Knowing about past experiences will promote an understanding of behaviour, needs and outlook on life resulting in more personalised care. An indispensable resource for nurses, residential home staff, carers, tutors and occupational therapists, group facilitators in day centres, clubs for the elderly or learning disabilities.