Family Illness Experience: Effects of Hospital Hospitality House on Family Members' Well-Being
Durant, Ivy G.
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Families are greatly affected when loved ones become ill. Classic stress models contribute to the understanding of the theoretical framework of the family experience during a health crisis. These theories aid in the comprehension of real-life issues such as the family cancer experience and hospital vigilance. Each family member can be affected differently, and when one of them becomes a caregiver, the situation is further compromised, making the person both emotionally and physically vulnerable. The Hospital Hospitality House, a resource providing emotional and cost-effective support aids families with hospitalized relatives. Little research has been done to study the effects of these kinds of homes. In this proposed study, it is hypothesized that people who stay in a Hospitality House will have a better sense of well-being, indicating how well they have adapted to their relative's illness and hospitalization, compared to those who are not afforded the opportunity.
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