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Palliative Day Care in Practice$
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Julie Hearn and Kathryn Myers

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631831.001.0001

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Psychosocial day care

Psychosocial day care

(p.59) 5 Psychosocial day care
Palliative Day Care in Practice

Julie Hearn

Oxford University Press

For the purposes of this chapter, psychosocial day care is used to describe a model of care in which patients spend a day at a hospice with a minimum of clinical interventions. This chapter describes the psychosocial model of day care operated at St. Christopher's Hospice. Psychosocial day care acknowledges that patients' physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs are inextricably linked. An understanding of Maslow's hierarchy of needs and Rogers' person-centred approach is the foundation for the psychosocial approach in palliative day care. The creation of a facilitative environment enables patients with advanced disease to access their own innate resources and transcend the circumstances of their illness to find self-esteem, meaning, and purpose in life. The discussion suggests that the hope fostered by individuals accessing social and creative opportunities plays a significant contribution to well-being.

Keywords:   spiritual care, St. Christopher's Hospice, hospice care, Maslow, Carl Rogers, palliative care

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