News and insight from Franciscan about our philosophy of hope through healthcare and recent issues affecting children’s wellness.
Mercy’s work as an Environmental Services Aide in our Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health program has been known to comfort many of the children, adolescents and teens who come to us for mental health services during times of crisis. “This is just like my house, and I want to do something to make [our patients] feel good,” said Mercy, who has been cleaning patient rooms at Franciscan Children’s for 13 years. “People just need space, love, good communication and a good attitude.”
Bringing your child to the dentist or the pediatrician may be “routine,” but our Child Life team knows that these visits often come with uncomfortable or new experiences that can be difficult or scary for kids. Here are a few simple tricks that you can use to make your child feel more comfortable during these experiences.
At Franciscan Children’s, our Child Life Specialists work closely with children in our inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation, inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and outpatient Surgical Services programs and can frequently be seen spreading their contagious, fun spirit throughout our campus. In celebration of Child Life Month and the wonderful work that they do, we asked staff and patients what they love the most about Child Life, and why it’s so important.
On Wednesday evenings from mid-September through mid-November, Simoni Rink in Cambridge is home to the Franciscan Adaptive Ice Skating Program. Uniquely designed to serve children with special needs, the Adaptive Ice Skating program runs for one hour per week for 10 weeks. With diagnoses of autism, cerebral palsy, and genetic conditions, 21 children with disabilities participated in the program this year, along with 11 of their siblings.
Mindfulness meditation has been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of a variety of mental health issues, and has been incorporated into a variety of therapeutic treatment approaches. In mindfulness practice we do our best to “be with” whatever is happening in an aware and self-loving way, often with a focus on present moment body sensations, thoughts, and emotions.
In celebration of Child Life Month we’re giving you a peek into a day in the life of a Child Life Specialist at Franciscan and what makes our program so special!
Beginning on Tuesday, September 2nd guests may notice some new welcoming faces as they enter Parking Lot A. We are piloting a complimentary valet parking service for guests in order to improve our patients and families’ experience as they arrive and depart Franciscan Hospital for Children.
Beginning on June 15th, 2014 changes will be made to our dietary and dining services experience at FHC. Explore these FAQs to help you navigate our new and improved offerings.
At Franciscan Hospital for Children, our Child Life Specialists work closely with children in our inpatient rehabilitation program and can frequently be seen spreading their contagious, fun spirit throughout the Hospital. In celebration of Child Life Month and the wonderful work that they do, we asked them some questions about Child Life and are sharing… Continue Reading