Care of the very old in hospital


The problem

Training in thoughtfulness for all staff is more important for the old and the dying in hospital than medical research into the rarer diseases. And it costs less.

Towards solutions

Thoughtfulness is putting first the most important things for the patient ahead of the rituals and the tests and even the meetings - important as the meetings are to alleviate constant stress on the staff. For example:

The happiest people I have seen in nursing homes have mementos of their lives around them, to remind them who they still are. When Everyman dies, he can take nothing with him, he is stripped of all (except, some say, Good Deeds) - but why should he be stripped while he is still alive?