- Orchestrating home
- Experiences of spousal stroke care
- Medicine Anthropology Theory
- Volume | Issue number
- 4 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
The private space of the home is an important site of healthcare, and most rehabilitation following intensive in-hospital treatment takes place in domestic settings. Home in this context is represented as an a priori entity that naturally provides continuity and stability. This takes for granted that family carers will maintain therapeutic activities and the sense of ‘being at home’ – and all of the accompanying emotional dimensions – within the home environment. Drawing on ethnographic research including interviews with spouses of people who had a stroke while of working age (29-54) in Victoria, Australia, we explore how the reconstruction of home as a site for post-stroke recovery changed the experiences and meanings given to the idea of home. Home as a therapeutic place depended on constant orchestrating work by spousal carers in reconfiguring the physical, symbolic and practical elements of home. This was not a straightforward or singular process, as tensions arose in trying to incorporate the new, post-stroke therapeutic landscape and pre-stroke conceptualisations and lived realities of home life.
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