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Material Citizenship - Functional Objects for Meaningful Lives

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'Material things are becoming an increasingly important topic in sociological studies of healthcare. How objects support the identity of people with a dementia is an emerging area. Previous research has tended to focus on sentimental or cherished items (such as photographs and keepsakes) with less attention on functional objects (such as a pair of curling tongs or a vacuum cleaner).

Whilst it is widely believed that residents are encouraged to bring items in from home, only certain items are encouraged (Lee, 2019). People relocating to a care home may often find themselves having to adjust their day-to-day activities to fit the task-orientated routine of care home life. The lack of personal possessions and access to functional objects can result in barriers for residents to live the lives they want to live, reduce independence and a loss of autonomy.'

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