Home-based care, technology, and the maintenance of selves
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

In this paper, I will argue that there is a deep connection between home-based care, technology, and the self. Providing the means for persons (especially older persons) to receive care at home is not merely a kindness that respects their preference to be at home: it is an important means of extending their selfhood and respecting the unique selves that they are. Home-based technologies like telemedicine and robotic care may certainly be useful tools in providing care for persons at home, but they also have important implications for sustaining selfhood in ways that are of value to individuals and those who care for them. I will argue, by appealing to Hilde Lindemann's notion of "holding" persons' identities in place, that technological interventions are not only useful tools for improving and sustaining health and good care at home, but that they may also help to extend our personal identities and relational capacities in ways that are practically and ethically good. Because of these important goods, I will claim that there is a prima facie moral duty to do this "holding" work and that it is best done by family members and loved ones who are well suited to the job because of their history and relationship with the individual that needs to be "held" in place.

Author(s): 
Parks, Jennifer A.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
HEC forum: an interdisciplinary journal on hospitals' ethical and legal issues
Journal Abbreviation: 
HEC Forum
Publication Date: 
2015-06
Publication Year: 
2015
Pages: 
127-141
Volume: 
27
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
1572-8498
DOI: 
10.1007/s10730-015-9278-4
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 25787720

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Jennifer A. Parks. 2015-06. "Home-based care, technology, and the maintenance of selves." HEC forum: an interdisciplinary journal on hospitals' ethical and legal issues 27: 2: 127-141. 10.1007/s10730-015-9278-4.

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