The meaning of home
The meaning of home

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The meaning of home

1.3 Changing places

1.3.1 The impact of surroundings

Thinking about attachment to places leads us to think about just the opposite: how do people feel when they have to change places and move from one situation to another? Some people are always on the move while others seem to stay put for long periods of their lives. For children and adults receiving care services moving between places may be a common occurrence.

These moves may be:

  • daily, part of a shared pattern of care where a person lives at home but attends a day centre or day hospital

  • intermittent, such as respite care which may happen for a week or a fortnight every four months

  • for a limited period of life, such as a young person's move from a children's home to a foster family

  • permanent, such as moving from home into a residential home or nursing home in later life, or moving out of a long-stay hospital into alternative accommodation.

This section will consider changes in place, looking at some of the issues of space, access and attachment already discussed in the course. This type of change will also be set alongside other changes in life and those factors which can make change a positive or negative experience will be considered. First, we look at short-term changes of place.


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