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Katharine Orellana

Katharine Orellana

Research Associate



Katharine is a social gerontologist who gained 15 years’ experience in an organisation supporting older people before joining HSCWRU as an intern in 2013. From 2014-2018, she undertook a PhD investigating day centres for older people at King’s College London, with funding from The Dunhill Medical Trust’s Older People’s Care Initiative. Her thesis is on the role and purpose of day centres for older people. She then worked on the ‘Handover in care homes – residents’ and families’ perspectives’ study and is currently working on the Alzheimer’s Society funded study Taking a break. Use of residential respite by people with dementia and carers: access, experiences, outcomes.

Further information about Katharine, her research and activities can be found on the research portal.  

On Twitter @katitao

Recent work

Orellana K, Manthorpe J, Tinker A (2018). Day centres for older people: a systematically conducted scoping review of literature about their benefits, purposes and how they are perceived. Ageing & Society 1–32.

Orellana, K. (2018) 'Day centres are important to older people – lack of money shouldn’t jeopardise this', Community Care, 4 January.

Orellana, K., Manthorpe, J. & Tinker, A. (2017) ‘Evidence to inform the commissioning of day centres for older people’, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, Policy Institute at King’s; Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London.

Care home managers: a scoping review of evidence (project page)

Orellana, K. (2014) 'Care home managers: a scoping review of evidence', London: NIHR School for Social Care Research. 

And see the associated blog post: Orellana, K. (2014) 'What do we know about managers of care homes?', Social Care Workforce:, 23 December.


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