Hospital visits and extended stays can cause a great deal of stress to both children and parents. Aside from the obvious stressors, the physical environment of the hospital (the noise levels, shared rooms, or lack of space for family members) places additional stress on the patient and their family. Many children's hospitals, recognizing this stress, have turned towards the concept of family centered care and greatly changed their entire atmosphere. From less noise to private family rooms to an engaging and aesthetically pleasing common areas and medical testing rooms, these children's hospitals are taking every opportunity to include the patient and family, thereby reducing the stress of their hospital experience.
What types of changes has your hospital made in an effort to be more patient and family centered?