Story sharing: restoring the reciprocity of caring in long-term care.

  • Diane Heliker
  • Published 2007 in
    Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health…

Abstract

Residents in long-term care facilities often experience an interruption in the reciprocity of caring, inadvertently cut off when they enter the unfamiliar surroundings of a residential health care system. This transition from the give and take of caring to being completely cared for often leads to a breakdown of meaning, a loss of identity, and loneliness. This article addresses how an intervention called story sharing can restore the reciprocity of caring. Beginning with a review of the significance and functions of storytelling and listening, a specific story sharing intervention-the mutual sharing of everyday experiences among nurse aides and the nursing home residents for whom they care-is described. The theoretical and practice implications of story sharing are discussed.

Cite this paper

@article{Heliker2007StorySR, title={Story sharing: restoring the reciprocity of caring in long-term care.}, author={Diane Heliker}, journal={Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services}, year={2007}, volume={45 7}, pages={20-3} }