Aesthetics and dementia: exploring the role of everyday aesthetics in dementia care settings

Fleetwood-Smith, Rebecka, Tischler, Victoria and Robson, Deirdre ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6763-0352 (2022) Aesthetics and dementia: exploring the role of everyday aesthetics in dementia care settings. Design for Health, 6 (1). pp. 91-113. ISSN 2473-5132

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Abstract

This paper explores how everyday aesthetics shape and are shaped within dementia care settings. The authors draw upon research that explored the significance of clothing and textiles in care home settings, to identify the varied and complex aesthetic experiences of people with dementia. The study was carried out using a series of creative, sensory and embodied research methods working with people with dementia and care home staff. Findings demonstrate that aesthetics are important in care homes at a number of levels. People with dementia discussed personal aesthetic preferences and demonstrated such preferences through embodied practices. Attending to aesthetics facilitated moments of togetherness between people with dementia and care home staff, creating person-centred encounters outside task-orientated conversations. This paper supports the importance of everyday aesthetics within dementia care settings and demonstrates that greater attention should be paid to this, to reconsider and enhance not only the look and feel of care homes and everyday items, including clothing, but also dementia care practice more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Dementia, care homes, everyday aesthetics, sensory design, embodiment
Subjects: Medicine and health > Clinical medicine > Dementia
Fashion and textiles
Arts
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Depositing User: Deirdre Robson
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2022 08:31
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 08:31
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9285

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