Hi Marea! I'm pleased to know the comments were helpful. My professional background: RN and multifaith chaplain with over 15 years' experience in palliative care/end of life care work in hospitals (academic and community) and community hospice programs. I'm in the SF Bay Area.
Those sound like good solutions for people who want to use this wonderful project but don't have the technology access or technical abilities.
And I think creating ways of introducing the project and guiding questions that are oriented to different religious and cultural perspectives and backgrounds is a good idea. I'd be pleased to discuss with you in more detail and to also provide resource materials.
Hi Joy! What an interesting idea, and there’s such great need for more, and better, respite care. There is a lot of potential for tapping into the community of people around the world who want to offer support to the dying.
I have a few questions about logistics (1) How would the Airbnb model work for someone receiving medical or hospice care? Would there be a way for the family/caregiver to easily identify if the Airbnb has the medical care (hospital, hospice, etc.) nearby that they would or might need? (2) Could the Airbnb list include local support people (for free or at reduced rates) who could be called upon (such as local clergy, social workers, grief counselors) (3) Would there be a vetting process to make sure the new living setting would meet the needs of a dying person?
I would also suggest including in the database for those who are caregiving at home, grief counselors, clergy trained in pastoral care, medical social workers, family therapists, and spiritual directors who would be willing to donate time/provide visits at reduced fees. And for those who feel their home is now a sad place, these providers could be very helpful in processing through the caregivers’ experiences, beliefs and feelings.