Home in a Box

 
Image description: A stack of books, a pair of glasses, a ring, a watch, and a drawing sit on a chair in front of an open cardboard box, indicating sentimental objects included in one Home in a Box.

Image description: A stack of books, a pair of glasses, a ring, a watch, and a drawing sit on a chair in front of an open cardboard box, indicating sentimental objects included in one Home in a Box.

Rebecca Rahimi’s “Home in a Box” looks at the ways in which lived experiences, memory, and nostalgia can bring comfort to individuals requiring and/or receiving memory care. This projects enables individuals to bring a sense of home with them to nursing facilities or other unfamiliar places. Individuals, along with family members, friends, or other acquainted individuals, will fill out a checklist with items that are reminders of significant events—e.g. a wedding band, an award from an individual’s university or job, photos of family, a favorite item of clothing, familiar records or CDs, and other important items. The box can bring about a sense of solace and familiarity to the sterilized and medicalized spaces of nursing homes and other facilities.