Adapting to Life in an Extra Care Living Scheme in Wales During Lock down Summer 2020

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Abstract

In 2019 the research team started to conduct a longitudinal study of the experiences of older adults taking part in a peer support group established by the Mental Health Foundation to improve wellbeing. Data collection was scheduled to take place between May 2019 and August 2020. This period coincided with the outbreak of the Covid -19 pandemic. Participants in the study included older adults living in extra care accommodation ( ECA) . Lockdown regulations prevented the research student from proceeding with scheduled visits to the ECA. Permission to continue data collection by telephone or via a digital platform was granted by the USW Ethics Board and included approval to explore participants’ experiences of living under the lockdown rules.

Four interviews were conducted between May and August 2020. Of these, three were with ECA tenants and one with the daughter of an ECA tenant. They shared stories of support for one another, agency in overcoming the practical challenges encountered in day to day living and humour when confronting individuals who were not following the lockdown regulations. This presentation reflects on the data collected and explores reasons for the participants’ resilient behaviour.



Period7 Jul 20219 Jul 2021
Event titleBritish Society of Gerontology 50th Annual Conference: Ageing Past, Present and Future: Innovation and Change
Event typeConference
LocationLancaster, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational