Working with minorities in care homes

Jill Manthorpe and Jo Moriarty

in Mental Health and Care Homes

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Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593637
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754722 | DOI:
Working with minorities in care homes

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The most pervasive recreational activity … was bingo, something most men said they avoided. When asked if there were activities he was interested in, one resident flatly replied, ‘No. They play bingo’.

(Park et al., 2009: 777)

[My dad] also forgot how to speak. He used to speak English very well, but it disappeared completely [with his dementia]. It just went. Then his Urdu started to go. In the home they couldn’t understand what he was saying. They would say, ‘Can you translate for us?’

(The Malik family, 2010: 90)

Michael … was a gay man suffering from an extreme form of dementia and a number of other life-threatening illnesses. He and I were not ‘partners’ but had a very close and affectionate friendship which had lasted over 40 years … I have no doubt that I had a unique role in Michael’s life and in his care … He was able to co-operate and respond to me in ways in which he could not communicate with the care staff and others. I was the unique link enabling him to access the bits of remembered past experience.

(Bayliss, 2007)

Chapter.  6608 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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