Introduction to wellbeing
The film starts by considering the idea of wellbeing. This section describes the way in which we went about this project and we also reflect on what we have learnt about ethical practice in working with older people collectively in carrying out the research. It introduces ideas about care ethics. You will see members of our research team talking about what they learnt about wellbeing and about their experiences of taking part.
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Adjusting to change
In the second film, we meet May, who is in her seventies. May's husband passed away some years ago and she now lives on her own. Recently she has suffered a significant and unexpected life event in the form of a stroke. Here, she meets Ellen, an occupational therapist and together they explore what the impact of this change has meant on May’s life. Sustaining wellbeing in the context of significant life changes is a theme that runs through all parts of these resources.
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In the third film we meet Patrick who is in his nineties. His wife Gillian is currently in hospital following a recent fall and he is increasingly becoming aware that where he and his wife are living is not meeting their needs. With this is mind he has rung Paul, a voluntary sector worker, who he has met before, to discuss the situation.
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Care and caring relationships
In the fourth film we return to May who is now receiving help and support from Ruth, a worker with a voluntary sector re-enablement service. Ruth has been helping to build May’s confidence since her stroke and wants to enable her to leave the house and enjoy some of the activities she did before. May is finding it hard to adjust to her needs for help. Her son also appears to find it hard to provide help in a way that does not make her feel a 'burden'.
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Making decisions together
In the fifth film we return to Patrick and Gillian who have not been coping as well as they would have liked following Gillian's discharge from hospital. Taking Paul's advice they have contacted Social Services to request a formal assessment. Chloe, a social worker meets them to carry out this assessment. This scenario explores the way in which wellbeing involves making decisions about support and necessary adjustments that work for both partners.
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Working together with older people
In the sixth film the older people who took part in this research reflect on their experiences. We discuss what we learnt about working with older people to do this research and suggest that this is useful in other contexts where groups of older people come together and share their experience and knowledge to shape services.
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