When a loved one is in the hospital, caregivers can end up feeling neglected, unheard, lonely, and afraid.
The Education Program encourages guests to share their experience with a medical crisis. At the same time, medical, nursing, physician assistant, and chaplain students increase their awareness of and inspire confidence to advocate for patients and their families.
“I will never walk into a patient’s room with the same eyes again. I will make a point of not only speaking politely to the family in the room, but will also ask how they are doing and if there is anything we can do for them.”
How it works:
1st: Dinner in the Family House Dining room
What happens: Students and caregivers get comfortable talking with one another
2nd: One-hour classroom session with volunteer faculty
What happens: Trusting relationships between professions are created organically during this time. Rather than a lecture, students brainstorm together about how an illness impacts an entire family and friends, not just the patient.
3rd: Forty-five minute conversation with a caregiver staying at the Family House:
What happens: In this safe and welcoming environment, caregivers share their healthcare story with the students, offering their insight into what medical professionals can do to make their experience better or worse, and answer any questions that the student may have.
4th: Students submit a reflection paper the week following their experience at the Family House
What happens: The Education Program gains valuable information regarding the student take-away from their experience at the Family House.
- Forsyth Technical Community College
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Wake Forest Baptist Health
- Wake Forest School of Medicine
- Winston Salem State University
In the years the Education Program has been at the Family House it has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for all involved.
To learn more about the Education Program, contact the Manager of Educational Services, Becky Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-793-2822.