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Memories, identity and homeliness: the social construction of mealtimes in residential care homes in South Wales

SUSAN PHILPIN, Joy Merrell, JOANNE WARRING, DEBRA HOBBY, VIC GREGORY

Ageing and Society, Pages: 1 - 37

Swansea University Author: Joy Merrell

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Mealtimes in residential care homes are social occasions which provide structure to the day and opportunities for conversation and companionship. There is a paucity of research exploring care home residents’ mealtime experiences in the United Kingdom. Particular findings from a qualitative study whi...

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Published in: Ageing and Society
ISSN: 0144-686X 1469-1779
Published: 2013
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa13684
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Abstract: Mealtimes in residential care homes are social occasions which provide structure to the day and opportunities for conversation and companionship. There is a paucity of research exploring care home residents’ mealtime experiences in the United Kingdom. Particular findings from a qualitative study which investigated factors influencing nutritional care provided to residents in two different types of residential care settings in South Wales, UK are reported. Methods of data collection included focus group interviews with staff (n=15), individual interviews with managers (n=4) and residents (n=16) of the care homes and their informal carers (n=10), observation of food preparation and meal times and documentary review. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. We report on how the residents’ experiences and understandings of mealtimes were influenced by various environmental factors, such as the home’s geographical location, physical lay-out and ambience. In addition, how the shared meaning of mealtimes for residents, informal carers and staff was constructed from each group’s socio-cultural background, family experiences and memories and was integral to residents’ sense of normality, community and identity.
Keywords: residential care homes, older people, nutrition, social construction,qualitative
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Start Page: 1
End Page: 37