When families learn their child is sick and must be hospitalized, life as they know it changes overnight. Many families must travel long distances for their child to receive medical treatment, requiring them to leave their homes, families, jobs and community support at a time when they need them the most.
No matter where our families have travelled from, Ronald McDonald Houses and Family Rooms across Canada is there for families, allowing them to stay close together during a difficult and stressful time in their lives. It is through this shared experience that we see some of the strongest bonds and friendships form amongst children and family caregivers. In fact, research shows that children at a Ronald McDonald House develop stronger bonds of friendship in their new environment compared to families staying at hotels.
At RMHC, parents of a sick child can come together, connect and confide in each other about their child’s healing journey – understanding each other in a way that only parents of a sick child can.
The medical community acknowledges the role RMHC plays in supporting the social needs of families with sick children: 73.4% of hospital administrators agreed that their Ronald McDonald House helped families to receive much-needed social support.