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Last Resort

Spend your last days in a nice resort-like facility. Where you and your loved ones are more comfortable and less stressed.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

This is for those families that don't want their loved ones to die in a grim hospital room with very limited access and comfort for those who visit. You could go home, but that means you are dedicated 24/7 to hosting people coming and going, cleaning, making small talk, and so on. A hospital costs just as much as a nice hotel with non of the perks, but it is designed to extend life. You can stay at a place that costs the same or less designed to improve death.

What if we took the things that make a hotel stay enjoyable and designed an end of life facility around those?  

The hotel industry is focused at making your experience as pleasant as possible. When you are done with your stay at a hotel you get a bill that normally is more or less is within what you expected based on what you budgeted when you started.  

Hospitals are focused on keeping you alive as efficiently as possible.  No frills, a lot of experts and technology readily available.  When you are done with a hospital stay you are aghast with a bill full of overhead costs and services you never saw or used.

An end of life facility would have nice room and amenities designed to keep you and your loved ones comfortable.  You can do without some of the expensive stuff like pools.  But you will have a staff focused on the people and the experience.  From the hospital side, you would just take the basics: special bed, I.V., some basic hospital equipment to track your vitals.

You would check in to a room with a standard rate, people would be able to come and go as they please.  People would have access to room service (including alcohol), Wifi, Cable, you could listed to your music, comfortable beds for guests.  There would be nurses and some house specialists making sure you pass your last days as comfortably as possible.  There would be prices for all extras and you would know at any time what your bill is.

Taking it a step further, if legislation would allow, they could provide assisted suicide and Euthanasia.  They could also provide medical/recreational marijuana.

There would probably be limitations for people with infectious diseases but there should be a way to manage it.

Bottom line, the idea is to change the mindset of the place for it to focus on making your stay as comfortable and stress-free as possible. 

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

We could ask experts, doctors, and specialists what are the bare minimum requirements that are needed to track people at the end of their life. Maybe refurbish a hospital room to have more amenities and less hospital support.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Healthcare and hotel experts.

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a Chemical engineer, with experience in major consumer good manufacturing.

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