Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Dying in Place

  • Bobo Hi Po LauEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_1024-1



Dying in place refers to dying at the usual residence of the patient, including home or a long-term care facility.


Aging in place, defined as “remaining living in the community, with some level of independence, rather than in residential care” (Davey et al. 2004, p.133), facilitates the senses of autonomy, mastery, and attachment needed for aging well (Wiles et al. 2012) (See “Aging in place”). The idea could be extended to the last stretch of one’s life (See “End-of-life care”). Dying in place refers to dying at the usual residence of the patient, which often means home or a long-term care facility, such as a care home. While home is usually cited as the best choice for place of death and dying from surveys and hospice as the second-best (Gomes et al. 2012b; Wilson et al. 2013), most deaths still occur in hospitals especially in societies that are experiencing...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1. Department of Counselling and PsychologyHong Kong Shue Yan UniversityHong KongHong Kong

Section editors and affiliations

  • Amy Chow
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  1. 1.Department of Social Work & Social AdministrationThe University of Hong KongHong KongChina