THE RONALD MCDONALD FAMILY ROOMS

The Family Rooms extend the support of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House to families staying with their child in the hospital.

We offer two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) on the oncology unit and in the Seashore House.  An additional Family Room is located in the Critical Care Unit at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

Families with hospitalized children spend day after day at their child’s bedside, offering comfort and trying to make a very scary time a little less frightening. Children facing serious diagnoses often spend weeks or even months at a time in the hospital during their treatment, while their parents, grandparents, and other caregivers stay right by their side—making sure they never feel alone despite being far from home.

Our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms extend the support of our two Ronald McDonald Houses into the hospital by offering a quiet, comfortable respite place for caregivers to rest and regroup during their children’s treatment—helping them to reduce stress and focus on their own health and well-being while they take care of their children. These welcoming hospitality lounges are designed to help families forget they are in a hospital setting, even though they are just steps from their children’s beds. 

Each year, approximately one-third of families who utilize the Family Rooms live too close to be eligible to stay at our two Houses, illustrating what an important resource the Family Rooms are for those families.

To learn more about how you can get involved with the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, contact Karen Kelly-Nickens.

 

Ronald McDonald Family Room at CHOP | Oncology Unit Amenities:

  • Grab-and-go snacks and refreshments, including coffee and tea
  • Donated meals throughout the week
  • Kitchen and laundry facilities
  • Television, books, and magazines
  • Salon Services
  • Yoga Classes

Ronald McDonald Family Room at CHOP | Seashore House Amenities:

  • Meals, snacks, and beverages
  • Family activities and entertainment
  • Books and magazines
  • Quiet, relaxing space
  • Support materials
  • Staff member to oversee the Family Room and assist visitors

 

Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children | Critical Care Unit Amenities:

  • Meals, snacks, and beverages
  • Family activities and entertainment
  • Books and magazines
  • Quiet, relaxing space
  • Support materials
  • Staff member to oversee the Family Room and assist visitors
Dining area in Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Christopher's Hospital

The Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. 

Seating area at Ronald McDonald Family Room at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The Ronald McDonald Family at the Oncology Unit of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.