‘Home is the place where you put your stamp on it and what makes a person’.
The whole concept of home is inextricably linked with our sense of who we are – our identity, our sense of wellbeing and connectedness. Our emotional attachment to home is complex and is linked with the building, locality, furniture, significant possessions and our meaningful relationship with others. The personal nature of home was described as both the place where ‘you put your stamp on it’ and ‘home is what makes a person’.
LSN was commissioned by the Department of Health, as part of their programme to improve post-diagnostic support, to find out what ‘home’ means to older people and people with memory loss in relation to their sense of identity. This is particularly pertinent to the many people with dementia who find themselves stuck in hospital waiting for social care or other resources to be available. Often these will be residential care places and – if the individual was admitted in a crisis – they may never see their home again.
The outcomes of the project have been fascinating – read the report for more.