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Hands Off Not an Option!

The Reminiscence Museum: Mirror of a Humanistic Care Philosophy

In recent years, experts in geriatric care have increasingly promoted the use of reminiscence museums, collections of period objects that are used to help senior citizens draw on old memories in order to recall and talk about their past. Hands Off Not an Option is a practical guide to making and using such collections, showing how to establish and fill out a museum and illustrating the ways it can be used within senior care facilities and within individual homes. The book will thus be of value both to those practicing in geriatric medical and social care and to individual families working with aged relatives.

The book includes 1 DVD.

272 pages | 120 color plates, 1 DVD | 6 7/10 x 9 2/5 | © 2008

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Table of Contents

      Jet Bussemaker, State Secretary of Health, Welfare and Sports
Introduction and Acknowledgements for the English Edition

1. The dilemma in contemporary elderly care
2. The importance of creating a social network
3. The reminiscence museum and “reminiscing”
4. The influence of the reminiscence museum on social networking
5. How to successfully employ volunteer workers in the reminiscence museum
6. Acquisition of objects, smells, audio and video material
7. Creating the necessary space: where to situate the museum collection?
8. How to design a display of objects
9. The pros and cons of sizable and modest facilities
10. Economic aspects of a reminiscence museum
11. Outcome of observations, life stories and entries from the guestbook
12. Possible inconsistencies
13. The multi-cultural connecting element of the museum
14. The influence of the reminiscence museum on the image of care institutions: “temples of vivacious culture and reminiscence” instead of “misery islands as waiting-rooms of death”

    "Harvest" from the guestbook, and other reactions
    The hot water bottle and foot stoves collection
    The wheelchair collection
    Some examples of museum ground plans
    The Humanitas philosophy
    A vision on volunteer workers
    Summary of the yes-culutre
    The corporate story of Humanitas
    Biography of Professor Hans Marcel Becker

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