Quote from susanmary
For the most part, I favor private rooms. However, there are some patients who do better in a double/semiprivate room. I've had many patients who were actually good for each other and helped each other -- wonderful to see. Usually, private rooms work best -- patients are able to rest better, etc.
If a family member or I are hospitalized, I'll be one of "those" that request a private room -- I'll private pay, I don't care. Privacy. Able to sleep when you need to sleep/rest. Can watch tv without worrying about keeping the neighbor awake and won't be kept awake by their noise, visitors, etc.
I agree with everything mentioned here. I've worked in a hospital with all private rooms and now in one with semi-privates, and I much prefer the single rooms, and yet I've seen some really compatible patients who seemed to thrive with their roomates, and it's a great thing to see. But the Hippa issues are incredible with shared rooms. Before Hippa, a patient asked me what his new roomate was being admitted for. I said, "I can't tell you because of confidentiality, but you'll find out soon enough as I talk with him" (due to the thin curtain separating their beds.
I'm also one who will "strongly" request a private room if I'm hospitalized, or at least one in a quieter area, OR
I will be asking for a room change if I have a noisy roomate. I'm a bad sleeper to start with, and it makes me very sensitive to patients with roomate or noise issues.