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

Abstract

Mealtimes in residential care homes are fundamentally social occasions, providing temporal structure to the day and opportunities for conversation and companionship. Food and drink are imbued with social meanings and used to express and create relationships between people. There is a dearth of research exploring care home residents’ mealtime experiences in the United Kingdom. This paper reports on 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

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 January 2013

SUSAN PHILPIN , JOY MERRELL , JOANNE WARRING , DEBRA HOBBY  and VIC GREGORY

Ageing & Society | Cambridge Core | Source: Memories, identity and homeliness: the social construction of mealtimes in residential care homes in South Wales | Ageing & Society | Cambridge Core

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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