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Using a Reflective Diary Method to Investigate the Experiences of Paid Home Care Workers Caring for People With Dementia

Travers, C, Schneider, J, Perry-Young, L, Wilkinson, S ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1564-5472, Scales, K and Pollock, K (2019) Using a Reflective Diary Method to Investigate the Experiences of Paid Home Care Workers Caring for People With Dementia. Home Health Care Management and Practice, 32 (1). ISSN 1084-8223

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Abstract

This article reports on the use of an innovative reflective diary method with paid home care workers caring for people with dementia. It examines the key features of the diary design, recruitment and training of participants, diarists’ approaches and responses to diary-keeping, and evaluates the use of diaries in this context. Following training, 11 volunteers (all female) employed by a U.K.-based home care organization kept diaries of their experiences of caring for those with dementia. Using specially designed diaries, they wrote about their visits to clients for a period of approximately 4 months and were remunerated for up to 16 extra hours at their usual hourly rate of pay. Overall, home care workers engaged well with the process, keeping regular, lengthy, timely, and reflective diary entries. Diary-keeping provided a means for these workers to express their emotions about their work, while enhancing their self-insight and care practices. We demonstrate the feasibility of diaries for research with this occupational group and conclude that the written reflexivity employed in diaries can document, enrich, and improve the work of these caregivers.

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