Bioethicists typically pay little attention to how social and physical environments in health care facilities shape moral experience. Social scientists studying hospitals and long-term care facilities often characterize such facilities as bleak, alienating institutions. Too often, the ethics of place is over-looked as ethicists focus upon dramatic moral issues. Drawing upon my experience working as a clinical ethicist at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, I suggest how long-term geriatric care facilities can be designed to promote respect for privacy, foster a warm social environment, and help preserve the dignity of residents, family members and staff members.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Geriatrics and Aging|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2004|
- Geriatric care
- Hospital design
- Long-term care