The experience of family carers attending a joint reminiscence group with people with dementia: A thematic analysis

Melunsky, N. and Crellin, N. and Dudzinski, E. and Orrell, M. and Wenborn, J. and Poland, F. and Woods, R.T. and Charlesworth, G. (2015) The experience of family carers attending a joint reminiscence group with people with dementia: A thematic analysis. Dementia: International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 14 (6). pp. 842-859. DOI: 10.1177/1471301213516332

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Reminiscence therapy has the potential to improve quality of life for people with dementia. In recent years reminiscence groups have extended to include family members, but carers� experience of attending joint sessions is undocumented. This qualitative study explored the experience of 18 family carers attending �Remembering Yesterday Caring Today� groups. Semi-structured interviews were transcribed and subjected to thematic analysis. Five themes were identified: experiencing carer support; shared experience; expectations (met and unmet), carer perspectives of the person with dementia�s experience; and learning and comparing. Family carers� experiences varied, with some experiencing the intervention as entirely positive whereas others had more mixed feelings. Negative aspects included the lack of respite from their relative, the lack of emphasis on their own needs, and experiencing additional stress and guilt through not being able to implement newly acquired skills. These findings may explain the failure of a recent trial of joint reminiscence groups to replicate previous findings of positive benefit. More targeted research within subgroups of carers is required to justify the continued use of joint reminiscence groups in dementia care.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > Institute of Medical & Social Care Research
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2015 03:38
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2015 03:49
ISSN: 1471-3012
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/5977
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1177/1471301213516332
Publisher: Sage
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