Material Citizenship in Dementia Care: Functional Objects for Meaningful Lives

About This Webinar

The importance of objects has become an increasingly important topic in health and social care. How objects support the identity of people with a dementia in care homes is an emerging area. Whilst previous research had tended to focus on sentimental or cherished items (such as photographs and keepsakes) often considered for their comforting and ‘homely’ affordances, less attention has been given to functional objects (such as a pair of curling tongs or a vacuum cleaner) as a mechanism to maintain identity and encourage activity.

It is widely believed that older people moving into a care home are encouraged to bring items in from home however, only certain items are encouraged and these often carry caveats. Once in a care home people may often find themselves having to adjust their day-to-day activities to fit the task-orientated routine of care home life. The lack of personal possessions and access to functional objects can amplify barriers for residents to live a meaningful life, reduce agency and increase dependency on care home staff.
This webinar introduces Material Citizenship as a practice that instils confidence in care home staff in the delivery of true personalised care.

Learning Objectives:

This webinar provides delegates with an overview of how Material Citizenship was developed, what it is and what it does. This webinar:

  1. Introduces the importance of object and person relationships in dementia care.
  2. Discusses the design, development and delivery of Material Citizenship.
  3. Explores the impact of Material Citizenship in dementia care.


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