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Introducing relational care
Introducing relational care

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Further resources

You may have particular areas of interest that you would like to follow up. The list of resources below is not by any means exhaustive but should give you some useful signposting.

An overview of relational care

Kartupelis, J. (2021) Making Relational Care Work for Older People: Exploring innovation and best practice in everyday life. Routledge. 

Care home resources for bringing people together

Promoting positive mental wellbeing for older people: A quick guide for registered managers of care homes [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (2020), Social Care Institute for Excellence. 

National Activities Providers Association (NAPA) offers ideas and advice on activities and outings. 

Community support and wellbeing

As Time Goes By: Thoughts on wellbeing in later yearsis a booklet based on the reflections of five older researchers.

Wellbeing Teams: gives information on providing professional community-based care in the context of relationships.

The Almshouse Association.

Companion animals

The Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) is a charity that provides scientific evidence for the benefits of animal–human interactions and promotes the benefits of pet ownership throughout changes in life and accommodation. 

The Cinnamon Trust is a charity that provides practical assistance and advice to older people about retaining and caring for their pets, even under difficult circumstances. 

Intergenerational living

United for All Ages is the UK body for information, news, advice and advocacy.

Listening to older people

There are a number of books based on conversations with older people and thoughtful listening, for example: 

Barnes et al.(2018) Re-imagining Old Age. Vernon Press. 

MacKinlay, E. (2002) The Spiritual Dimension of Ageing. Jessica Kingsley. 

Woodward, J. (2008) Valuing Age. SPCK. 


Davidson, S. and Rossall, P. (2015) Evidence Review: Loneliness in later life.