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Creative work with residents

John Killick and Lynda Martin

in Mental Health and Care Homes

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754722 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199593637.003.0005
Creative work with residents

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This chapter describes a creative writing project run jointly by the authors as resident poet and on behalf of Cambridgeshire Libraries. The project worked with people with dementia in various settings, including inpatient wards and care homes. The poems arise from conversations between the poet and the persons with dementia, using their words to bring out the main threads of the story. The poems are read back to the persons with dementia to ensure that they are content with the end product. Altogether almost 70 poems were written in 6 months and many of these appeared in a published volume. The project received much positive feedback and provides a viable model for creative work with even the most disabled of individuals.

Chapter.  4525 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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