E39 - Surrounded by Loved Ones: Design for Families in End-of-life Care
The end of life is a highly emotional and critical time for both patients and families. A holistic approach to hospice design must balance the needs of this human experience for all. The Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center incorporates special amenities designed to increase support for patients’ and families’ physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort. This session will illustrate best practices and design elements crucial to supporting families and loved ones in the end-of-life process. See how design amenities that encourage art, music, meals, relaxation, socialization, and meditation can provide comfort.