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Corona Winter and Summer

Challenging negative media stereotypes of older people in care homes during COVID-19.

About the research project

The project examined stereotypes of older people, around the time of COVID-19.

A local care home was provided with a set of cameras for use throughout the project, returning them at the end.

Members of the Newcastle University Project Team produced training material to enable members of the care home film team to use the cameras to document their lives. This enabled them to capture activities and events as they happened and to tell the everyday stories of life in a care home. Including moments such as:

  • visits with relatives
  • discussions with staff
  • conversations that residents have with each other

The content filmed was at the discretion of the care team. The project aimed to encourage a sense of learning, exploration and fun, using the cameras to create the story of the care home.

The narrative produced was one of hope, looking forward to a better future. A future without COVID-19 and positive wellbeing for care home residents.