I have a friend who went through this 3 yrs ago. She preferred her hospital stay private and of course we respected that. I don't know any favorites for the hospital stay.
We were in a bunco group of about 16 women and 16 on a substitute list so we all got together and took turns with meals for at least a month....she had very limited motion and was in pain. We also hired a house cleaning service to help her out and ease her mind. When she was going through chemo, we also had meals at her house for her family, although she didn't much feel like eating.
She had 2 teen boys and a hubby...her mom (a breast cancer survivor 10+ yrs) was at her home with her.
Her boys were active and we made sure they always had a ride to and from any activity to try to keep their routine on schedule as much as possible.
Bless you for thinking ahead and helping your friend during this difficult time.