Writing Life Histories
Gives clear guidance on how to put together life histories in supportive or residential settings. Provides 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 person's family and friends; and discussion on ethical issues to be considered.
May help residents as an aid to memory; creative stimulation; a personalised identity; promotion of interaction and co-operation with others; continuity with previous life experiences; and passing on knowledge and experience to others. Knowing about past experiences of residents, staff may better understand their behaviour, needs and outlook, resulting in more personalised care.