When a loved one is given a terminal diagnosis, the goal is to move the illness from beating to making their last days as comfortable as possible. To accomplish this, many prefer to include the patient in a hospital care plan. Hospital plans are living care services designed to provide a more permanent, comfortable alternative to a hotel (or worse, frequent home visits) for patients in need of frequent hospital visits.
There are a number of hotel programs to choose from around quality hospitals. Like all choices that affect a loved one's life-limiting illness, this decision can feel overwhelming. To improve the process of making these important decisions, here are some questions to answer in order to choose the program that is right for your loved one.
Who would you recommend?
Your doctor may have been involved in most of your hospital plans. Ask him his opinion on the matter. If a family member needs hospital care, where does he send them? By what criteria does he justify this decision? Does he have a personal connection to the institution that influences his decision? Did his former patients complain about any special programs? Your doctor is a valuable resource for information, so use it to the maximum.
How does the program communicate with the hospital?
Are staff and volunteers fast on your loved one's and 39's condition or do you need to provide yourself a copy of medical records? Will they send updates to your doctor? Make sure that the service you trust in the last days of someone's life and the last days plays an active role in their treatment plan.
How are the services provided after hours?
How many staff are there at night? Who will be provided hours after treatment? How many hours are the staff volunteered? To what extent have volunteers trained on your loved one and your treatment plan?
What services are provided?
Obviously, your food and shelter must meet your standards, but what other services does the program offer? What fun it will be for your loved one on their good days! Is childcare provided for extended family members? What grief counseling is available? Which long-term care facilities work? These questions will remain crucial when choosing a program for an indefinite period.
What is the hospitality plan and purpose for your loved one?
This question may seem unnecessary, but it is very important to understand the vision of the treatment plan. Do they have a clear idea of what they hope to provide not only to the patient but also to family and friends who would like to support this program to provide their loved one with the greatest care they need? Make sure the mission statement of the program matches everything you want for your loved one in the last day.