Writing Life Histories is a practical handbook which gives clear guidance on how to put together life histories in
supportive or residential settings. It provides:
The benefits of engaging a group or an individual in life history activities include: an aid to memory; creative
stimulation; a personalised identity when in a residential home; promotion of interaction and co-operation with
others; continuity with previous life experience thus combating loss of identity as well as an excellent opportunity
to pass on knowledge and experience to others.
For staff knowing about past experiences will promote an understanding of behaviour, needs and outlook on life
resulting in more personalised care. Staff have references for conversation with cognitive impaired individuals
and knowledge about life accomplishments which promotes respect for individuals.
This is an indispensible resource for anyone interested in compiling life histories including nurses, residential
home staff, carers, tutors and occupational therapists, group facilitators in day centres, clubs for the elderly or