Care Home Stories

Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Residential Care

Institutional care for seniors offers a cultural repository for fears and hopes about an aging population. Although enormous changes have occurred in how institutional care is structured, the legacies of the poorhouse still persist, creating panicked views of the nursing home as a dreaded fate. The paradoxical nature of a space meant to be both hospital and home offers up critical tensions for examination by age studies scholars.

The essays in this book challenge stereotypes of institutional care for older adults, illustrate the changes that have occurred over time, and illuminate the continuities in the stories we tell about nursing homes.

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29 September 2017, 310 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-3805-9

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Sally Chivers

Sally Chivers, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada

Ulla Kriebernegg

Ulla Kriebernegg, Universität Graz, Österreich

... with the editors

1. Why a book on this subject?

The ›nursing home‹ deserves a closer look as something beyond a personal, social, and political failure. We ask what stories emerge from within care homes, from workers, from residents, and from visitors. And we draw attention to the kinds of stories people are telling about long-term residential care, and ask why they are often so discouraging. The international perspective of our book shows commonalities across jurisdictions as well as some intriguing and important differences.

2. What relevance does this subject have in the current research debates?

Aging is an increasingly popular topic of research due to population aging. This book intervenes by offering a distinctive humanities perspective that shows questions of long-term residential care to extend beyond costs and calculations to real lived everyday experience of both workers and residents.

3. What new perspectives does your book open up?

Our book offers perspectives from people living and working within long-term residential care. It has chapters by age/ing scholars, some of whom tell stories of their personal experiences with long-term residential care colliding with their long-term research and writing. The book uniquely shows the care home to be a place where creativity can transform experience.

4. Who would you preferably like to discuss your book with?

Residents, workers, visitors, and people thinking about what to do when they or their loved ones need long-term care. Age studies scholars and critical gerontologists.

5. Your book in only one sentence:

This book tells vivid personal stories from within care homes, connecting them to interdisciplinary international age/ing studies research.

Sally Chivers / Ulla Kriebernegg (eds.)
Book title
Care Home Stories Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Residential Care
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 2 SW-Abbildungen
Commodity Group
SOC013000 MED058200 SOC057000
Release date
29 September 2017
Medizin, Alter
Age/ing Studies, Gerontology, Sociology, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy, Medical Humanities
Long-term Care, Institution, Identity, Life Course Narrative, Space, Old Age, Medicine, Aging Studies, Care, Sociology of Medicine, Cultural Studies

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