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'I am closer to this place': space, place and notions of home in lived experiences of hospice day care

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-158
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Place
DatePublished - Jan 2013


In the United Kingdom hospice day care services are the fastest growing yet least researched of the palliative care services. Using photo-elicitation interviews with 11 day care patients attending a specialist hospice day care setting we explored their experiences of the hospice as a place and how these changed over time. Informed by concepts from existential and humanistic geography we propose three existential modes of being--Drifting, Sheltering and Venturing--which characterize the patients' lived experiences of the hospice. Our phenomenological analysis shows that the hospice is (re)constructed purposefully to achieve a sense of 'home' and 'homelikeness', creating an important therapeutic landscape for patients.

    Research areas

  • Day Care, England, Female, Geography, Health Facility Environment, Hospice Care, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Models, Psychological, Neoplasms, Palliative Care, Patient Satisfaction, Photography, Qualitative Research, Terminally Ill

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