Organizations that provide support services to patients and their families. Programs can include social and recreational activities for people who are recovering from surgery or a serious illnesses; supportive services for children who are ill and for their families which enable family members to remain with a child who is hospitalized; family and sibling support groups, and programs which attempt to make a gravely or terminally ill child’s final days, weeks and months more pleasant. (rev. 9/2005)
Key words: Caregiver Support; Caregiver Training; Cancer Lodges; Health Care Counseling; Health Resocialization; Hostels; Hospital Lodges; Hospitality Houses; Make-a-Wish; Medical Apartments; Medical Treatment Lodges; Patient Entertainment; Patient Housing; Patient/ Family Housing; Patient/Family Enrichment; Patient Recreation; Patient Services Counseling; Ronald McDonald Houses; Wish Foundations
Scope notes: Includes: Organizations that provide financial assistance to victims of catastrophic illnesses and their families.
See also: Hospices (P74)