At CHOC, we strive to create a positive environment for children, teens and their families. In addition to our patient and family support programs, we are dedicated to providing an environment in which families and patients can feel at home and supported.
Our all-new, oncology unit in the Bill Holmes Tower is home to 28 private beds. All patient rooms have wireless Internet access, flat-screen televisions with family-friendly cable television and upgraded movie channels, an individual mini refrigerator, sleeping cots and a comfortable glider chair. All rooms also include a Playstation 360 and a safe for storing personal belongings.
CHOC offers a play room for Cancer Institute patients, family and friends that is staffed by volunteers. The Play Room is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to noon, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday it is open from 10:00 a.m. until noon and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Play Room is equipped with a variety of activities for all age groups ranging from arts and crafts to infant and toddler toys to video games and board games for older kids. Patients’ siblings are encouraged to use the playroom along with the patient. All of these activities can be brought to the patient’s bedside if they are not able to visit the Play Room.
The Teen Room provides teens and young adults a place to go where they can spend time with other patients their same age and hang out. Patients can invite teen siblings and friends to hang out as well. They can play video games such as the PS3, X-Box 360 and Wii. Patients can also watch movies on the large-screen television, use the computer to get online, listen to their favorite music or grab a book to read.
Exercise can be very beneficial for cancer patients, and we are pleased to offer Cancer Institute patients their own gym. The gym contains a treadmill, stationary bike, towels, water and a flat screen television. It is open to patients who have approval from their physician to exercise 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Physical therapists also use the gym with hematology/oncology patients that have had physical therapy ordered by their physician. Parents and legal guardians are allowed to use the gym from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. to midnight. Visitors and siblings are not allowed to use the gym and those using the gym must wear appropriate gym attire.
One of our goals at the Cancer Institute is to always make our patients and their families feel like they are at home. As part of this mission, we offer our families a special lounge featuring a television and an eating area with a sink, refrigerator and microwave.
Family Consult Rooms
At CHOC Children's, we strive to keep our patient rooms pleasant, happy places and understand that there are times in which parents and guardians may wish to discuss complicated medical plans privately. Our two Family Consult Rooms offer family members a place to discuss important information and decisions with our physicians or with one another. Each private room features a table, chairs and computer.
The Cancer Institute's Nourishment Nooks provide families with quick access to coffee and water throughout the unit.
Hope Resource Room
The “Hope Room,” created through a generous donation from the loving family of Sean’s Hope Foundation, offers families educational resources including Internet access, books and pamphlets. This information is cancer specific and disease specific, allowing families to learn as much as possible about their loved one’s condition. Open 24 hours a day, the Hope Resource Room provides instantaneous access to information of vital importance to individuals coping with cancer. The computer also allows access to email, helping families keep in touch with friends and other family members on a continuous basis. Many families create web sites or blogs so that friends and family can check in on the progress of a patient without disturbing the patient or caregivers.
The Rainbow Rooms are two specific rooms set aside for end-of-life hematology/oncology patients. These special spaces are designed to provide a comfortable, private place where a patient and their loved ones can share time together. Caregivers and immediate family may stay overnight with the patient and our staff works hard to make it as comfortable as possible. To further the patient’s comfort, families are encouraged to bring the patient’s favorite toys and objects from home. The patient is provided around-the-clock care to ensure their pain is controlled, their needs are met and family members are allowed time away.
Cancer Institute Reception Area
Although Cancer Institute associates always encourage family members to be with patients, there are times when a child needs to rest or when guests must be limited. Our comfortable reception area is located just outside the patient care area and includes comfortable seating, a television, wireless Internet access and coffee. Additional space is available just off the elevators with even more chairs, a loveseat, and a television. A volunteer is also available in the lounge area to assist families.