‘Aeriel’ is a research approach that explores Aesthetic Research in Everyday Life. This approach will bring an understanding from contemporary musicology and theatre studies to everyday situations in dementia care. These situations will concentrate on non-verbal interaction between carers and people living with dementia in moments such as dressing, moving and handling, dining or resting. By investigating natural performative aspects in these moments such as rhythmic matching, deep listening, pitch attunement, sympathetic movement and gesture, the project will find new ways of understanding care situations. In doing so, it will ask what this new understanding might offer to care staff and people living with dementia in the current economic and
Aeriel is especially important at this time, as care homes are suffering an unprecedented squeeze on resources which is played out most acutely at the point of contact between carer and resident. The Local Government Association estimates that there will be a £2.6 billion funding gap in adult social care by 2020. Albeit at a micro-level, this project seeks to address the impact of this situation on the relationship between the two key protagonists: carer and cared-for. It aims to offer an opportunity within the sector for open-minded, refreshing and surprising thinking around supporting and informing that relationship.