Patient-families’ physical and emotional needs vary greatly. We’ll share best practices for creating a host-home network that offers free lodging to meet any individual patient-family’s particular needs. We’ll help you involve your community in recruiting many types of host-homes and host-families. You’ll learn successful techniques to recruit, train and support host-families in ways that will maximize both the host and guest experience.
A host-homes program functions best when it works in collaboration with hospital medical departments to involve a minimum of hospital staff time. Referring patient-families to free lodging services involves two simple steps. First, each patient-family is asked, “Does anyone in your family now or in the future need help with a place to stay during the time of medical care?” Secondly, hospital staff have the host-homes program staff contact the patient-family to explain the host-home lodging option. We’ll explain the ways in which this process may be easily established at your hospital as well.
Matching host and patient families involves having a primary concern for the safety and security of both hosts and guests alike. Drawing upon experience gained over the last ten years, having provided lodging to over 1,600 patient-families, we’ll explore all aspects of guest placement. This includes guest eligibility requirements in general, rules for when patients may be guests, factors to take note of in developing the guest profile, procedures pertaining to the actual stay of a guet-family at a host-home, and much more.
All aspects of obtaining nonprofit status; options for organizational structure; creation and management of board of directors; budgeting and financing; marketing including creating an identity package; lodging needs assessment; record keeping; and more.