Long-term geriatric care and the ethics of place

Leigh Turner

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-90
Number of pages3
JournalGeriatrics and Aging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Bioethics
  • Geriatric care
  • Hospital design
  • Long-term care


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