Moore, Andrew, Carter, Bernie, Hunt, Anne and Sheikh, Kay
‘I am closer to this place’ – Space, place and notions of home in lived experiences of hospice day care.
Health & Place, 19
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.