Life story work in practice: aiming for enduring change
Gibson and Carson (2010) report on a Northern Ireland Trust Project to establish life story work for people with dementia in residential and day care settings. They document the initial enthusiasm that many creative projects are greeted with, only to fall in the face of obstacles such as a newer ‘fad’ promising better, cheaper results. They document the work to engage management and staff with a view to establishing a more durable project. Staff reported positively on the programme but the single greatest obstacle was lack of time, as already reported in Cooney et al.’s study (2014). The authors suggest the project has highlighted the complexity of establishing enduring creative projects, even where they are regarded positively.