Location or Dis-Location: from community to long term care – the caring experience

Milligan, Christine (2003) Location or Dis-Location: from community to long term care – the caring experience. Social and Cultural Geography, 4 (4). pp. 455-470. ISSN 1464-9365

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Over the last two decades we have seen an increased interest in informal care within both political and academic communities in the UK. This has stemmed in large part from an increased emphasis on the home-space as the preferred site of care provision and a resultant increase in the complexity of the care-giving relationship. The explicitly spatial dimensions of this caring relationship, however, are vastly under-researched. This paper represents one attempt to redress the gap by examining the importance of place, and its conceptualization, in the care of frail older people. In doing so, the paper focuses, firstly, on the spatial manifestation of care at various scales, identifying some of the processes behind variations in the care-giving experience and, secondly, using the example of dementia care, it considers how Auge´'s concepts of anthropological place and non-space, when applied to domestic and institutional care settings, can facilitate a more nuanced understanding of the importance of people and place in the construction and delivery of care to frail older people.

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Social and Cultural Geography
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?? informal careolder people dementia spacedis-location augehealth and welfarecultural studiesgeography, planning and developmentr medicine (general) ??
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30 Jul 2012 14:15
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