When we sit vigil with the dying the last thing on our minds is room design, but immediately after my mother's death I made a list of things I saw that made the experience more uncomfortable than it could have been. At the time I was busy with grieving and unwilling to follow through but on this one year anniversary it is on my mind. Some of the negatives I noticed:
The room was furnished with donated cast offs that were not necessarily practical of comfortable.
The bedside chair where I spent my time could have benefited from a foot rest and a recline feature would have been very appreciated.
The closet held a mish-mash of supplies, dated reading material and assorted cast offs. It wasn't until the final hours that I discovered a handbook that I should have been brought to our attention on day one.
I'd done a lot of reading in preparation for end of life, if I hadn't been self informed I probably wouldn't have had a clue what was happening. For example when I called my sister to tell her there was mottling she asked "what is that?".
Although we were offered coffee or something to eat nobody told us it was all complimentary. I doubt we would have eaten anyway but...
Did I mention that bedside chair??