Making your child's hospital room more comfortable

Clinical Social Worker Kathryn Elison, MSW, shares advice for parents with a hospitalized child on what to do to make your child's hospital room more comfortable for them
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Making your child's hospital room more comfortable

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One of the ways that you can make your child's hospital room more comfortable is by providing the comforts of home when you come to the hospital. If at all possible, involve your child in this process, and get them to select some things from their room at home that they'd like to bring with them to the hospital. Typical things that our families bring with them to the hospital are pillow cases, books, games, hand-held game playing devices, personal computers. And another important thing that you can bring with you to the hospital are photos of your family. So that way, when your child wakes up in the morning, they can look around and feel that they're like in a familiar space. And they're surrounded by those people who love them

Clinical Social Worker Kathryn Elison, MSW, shares advice for parents with a hospitalized child on what to do to make your child's hospital room more comfortable for them

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Kathryn Elison, MSW

Clinical Social Worker, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Kathryn Elison is a Clinical Social Worker at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She was drawn to her profession because of her passion to provide support to families experiencing a medical crisis. Kathryn accompanies her patients and their families during one of the most stressful journeys of their lives, helping them navigate through this challenge and supporting them each step of the way. A native of North Carolina, Kathryn moved to Los Angeles, CA after receiving a Master of Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys exploring her new home state of California with her husband Jed and her dog Sallie.

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