As a caring, empathetic person I pride myself on flexibility and doing my best to be there for others in whatever ways I can. Therefore when Diane told me of her unfortunate health condition just before I few over east for 2 weeks, my first instinct was to do what I could to help her her manage, and best provide for her during her struggle. So I said I needed to think it over, but I intend to accommodate her as best I can.
I started planning to better educate myself on her situation and procedures, side effects, and risks. I asked her to compile a list of medical contacts in case of any emergency that may occur in the home, or for me to inquire about duty of care to qualified personnel dealing specifically with her case.
However the more I looked into it, the more I realised with a share house of 6 bedrooms, the people traffic and noise that will occur during her stay would not be ideal; also increasing the chance of infection when someone's immune system is significantly damaged by chemotherapy.
I came to the conclusion that surely there is more suitable accommodation for someone in her situation. The times I brought this up for discussion, she was very forthright in the fact she wanted to stay in my accommodation, commit to a longer term stay, and also since her ability to work was threatened, wanted me to drop my prices lower than what I considered a room to be worth. So she was certain she wanted to stay with me, however would only stay if the prices were cheap due to the hardship of her circumstances.
Unfortunately I left it till the very last day to finally communicate that I felt this arrangement was less than ideal for both of us, and against my lenient heart; ask her not to continue in this residence.
As she still had time to find more adequate lodgings before the debilitating procedures began, I offered her up to a week free of charge to stay and seek better accommodation. If she needed time beyond the week we would then talk about accommodation costs.
Yes it is uncomfortable asking someone who's term is up, against their desire to stay, that you do not want to enter into another contract. However in my mind it was better for both Diane and myself this way.
She was more than welcome to make the most of my offer to stay for free while seeking more suitable lodgings; but as she had a partner she often spent nights with, I could only assume she preferred to look into future arrangements from his home.