Childhood Cancer

Childhood Cancer

The floor

Ask for a floor tour as soon as possible after admission. During the tour, you will find out whether a microwave and refrigerator are available, what the approved parent sleeping arrangements are, and whether showers are available for parents. You can also ask about a hospital handbook. These booklets often include information about billing, parking, discounts, and other helpful items.

Either my husband or I stayed with Delaney the entire time she was in the hospital. To improve the comfort of the fold-out chair that the hospital provides for the sleep-in parent, we used a self-inflating camping mat. When it is rolled out, it self-inflates with a one-way valve. The straps can be used to secure it to the vinyl chair. It makes the chair much more comfortable and allows your muscles to relax. When it is not in use, it can be rolled up with straps and set in the corner.

Although many hospitals provide colorful smocks for young patients, some children and teens prefer to wear their own clothing. This can pose a laundry problem, so find out whether the hospital has laundry facilities for families to use.