At CHOC Children’s, we understand that the hospital can be a scary, unpredictable place and that children better cope with hospital stays when they trust the hospital staff and feel safe. Our associates build positive relationships with patients and their families while keeping the overall atmosphere calm and child friendly. We do everything possible to make our hospital a home away from home during inpatient treatment.
We have developed a comprehensive list of what patients and caregivers should bring with them to the hospital.
Our social workers are able to assist patients’ families who live far away from CHOC with temporary housing. The Ronald McDonald House is located only minutes away, as are a number of other local apartments and other lodging options.
When It’s Time to Leave the Hospital
Throughout treatment and recovery, our case coordinators work hard to ensure that patients and their families have everything they need to concentrate on what is most important: the ability to focus on the patient getting well. Before patients are discharged, coordinators make all of the necessary home care arrangements, including home health care nurse visits if necessary. We also make sure that patients’ follow-up appointments are already scheduled and that prescriptions have been provided. Caregivers receive education about taking care of central lines and other vascular access devices and explicit instructions on signs of possible illness. Caregivers are always welcome to call the Cancer Institute at any time with medical questions. We have a doctor on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.