Life Story Work

Home Instead can offer support to carry out Life Story work following Michele Bushell’s successful completion of the National Training program – Your Story Matters.


What is Life Story Work?

  • Life Story Work is an activity which involves reviewing and evaluating an individual’s past life events, in developing an individual biography of that person.


  • It is used to help develop an understanding of persons’ past experiences and how they have coped with changes in their life.


  • Life story work is a shared activity between the person, their family and Home Instead CAREGivers as appropriate.


  • Life Story Work is a tool to enhance the care provided to older people, particularly those with dementia. The benefits for individuals, families/friends and for staff providing care include improving understanding of the individual, promoting relationships and facilitating delivery of person-centred care.

Life Story Work describes a biographical approach, which gives people the opportunity to talk about their life experiences. It involves recording relevant aspects of a person's past and present life with the aim of using this life story to benefit them in their present situation. The potential benefits of Life Story Work as an intervention for people with dementia and their families have been recognised for some time, in terms of promoting individualised care, improving assessment, building relationships between CAREGivers and family as well as improving communication.


For more information about Life Story work or any of our services, please contact our Office on: 0161 480 0646 or alternatively email: [email protected]

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