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Patient and family resources
Patient and family resources

Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto Family Room

The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto Family Room offers a soothing space of comfort, care, and compassion within the walls of the hospital.  A retreat from the clinical environment of the hospital, this room is intended to provide a “home away from home” for families – a refuge from the clinical environment of the hospital that simulates the comfort of home.

The 1,725 square-foot Family Room was designed with input from SickKids staff and families.  Parents can use a computer, do some laundry, sleep or just relax, while being just steps away from their child’s bedside.  The Family Room features include a kitchenette, TV and lounge area, washroom with shower facilities, Wi-Fi, fireplaces, a sleep room and a Rest and Respite area for napping.

The RMHC Toronto Family Room at SickKids offers parents or immediate caregivers access to the following:

  • A sleep room and rest and respite area for napping  
    • There are seven recliners in the rest and respite area
    • The design of this space was drawn from first-class airline lounges and includes a number of individual ‘pods’ with custom-built privacy screens so parents or immediate caregivers can rest without distraction
    • Blankets and pillows are provided for each recliner
    • There is one private sleep room
  • Television and lounge area with fireplaces
  • Computers and Wi-Fi access
  • Kitchenette stocked with snacks and beverages
  • Washrooms with shower facilities
  • Laundry facilities
  • A play area with toys for siblings accompanied by a parent or immediate caregiver

In July 2015, the Family Room celebrated its 1 year anniversary:

Due to limited capacity, access to the Family Room is provided to families who meet specific criteria.  Please contact the Manager or Clinical Support Nurse on the child’s unit for more information about access to the Family Room and other resources at SickKids.

For more information please visit the RMHC Toronto Family Room at SickKids page on the Ronald McDonald House Charities Toronto website.