Abstract

Children diagnosed with terminal illness most often receive end-of-life care in a traditional hospital setting or at home due to the dearth of children’s hospices in the United States. Children hospices provide an environment that not only is aesthetically designed for children, but also is attentive to the specific physical and emotional needs of their special patients and their families. The purpose of this thesis is to define a model of children’s hospice that integrates the successful features of similar hospitals throughout the United States and adapts them to the writer’s home region in upstate New York. To accomplish this goal, the writer analyzes the features of existing children’s hospice centers as well as prominent children’s hospitals nationwide and examines their strengths and weaknesses to determine the ideal environment for a children’s hospice center.

Publication Date

8-10-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Architecture (M.Arch.)

Department, Program, or Center

Architecture (GIS)

Advisor

Julius Chiavaroli

Advisor/Committee Member

Giovanna Potesta

Advisor/Committee Member

Dennis A. Andrejko

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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