Referral Partners, consisting of social workers, case managers, chaplains, nurses, doctors, and other psychosocial and medical professionals from participating hospitals and clinics, as well as Patient Navigators from the American Cancer Society, identify potential respite stay candidates and their families. Referral Partners from various participating hospitals, treatment centers, physicians' offices, cancer support groups, palliative and hospice organizations are the family respite's exclusive and independent referral agents satisfying an agreed upon requirement imposed by the IRS in granting Domus Pacis Family Respite’s 501c3 tax-exempt status.
The nomination process is based on a number of factors which include the patient’s medical state:
- Can the patient safely travel and their medical condition tolerate being at high altitude?
- Does the patient need and want to participate in the offerings of the family respite?
- Does the patient have a family support system that is willing to accompany the patient?
- Will a week-long respite opportunity be a positive experience for all participants?
If the time is right, and the patient and family give their permission the patient is then referred by a Referral Partner and the application process begins. Domus Pacis provides family respite opportunities for families that are currently going through or have gone through a traumatic cancer event; from initial diagnosis, during treatment, thru remission, to end of life, Domus Pacis works with families wherever they may be on their journey. If a family member has passed and a family needs time to rest and reflect, they are also eligible for a week of respite. Domus Pacis does not base eligibility on gender, age, religious, ethnic nor social-economic factors.
Domus Pacis Family Respite’s official Referral Partners have the ability to submit a Nomination using the secured Nomination Portal by supplying their unique Referral Partner code and email. A medical or psychosocial professional interested in becoming an official Domus Pacis Family Respite Referral Partner is encouraged to contact Domus Pacis at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the family respite program and how to meet the organization’s qualifications to become an official referral partner.