Waiting to visit a family member who is hospitalized in the intensive care unit can be very stressful.
Raeanne Faulkner and her family found that out recently when her 18 year-old son Jordan spent some time (between Nov. 6- Dec. 22, 2008) in the ICU at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre. As an employee of central Health, Ms. Faulkner knew a local donor (Investors' Group representative Denis Rose) had generously refurbished the family waiting lounge.
The close physical distance to her son and the need for a ‘comfortable environment' really made an impact on the family members' well-being during this time, she said.
"We spent a great deal of time there when we weren't visiting him in the unit," explained Ms. Faulkner. "Some days I camped out in the ICU waiting room because I didn't want to be too far away from my son. The furniture was very comfortable and it isn't a sterile atmosphere anymore."
According to Ms. Faulkner, the newly designed family waiting lounge was also a place where the family found 'emotional support'. "It became a place where we shared stories of Jordan and ourselves with others going through the same experience with their loved one," she said. We made some longlasting friends from this experience. Mr. Rose and his company should be very proud to know that their donation has made such a profound change that has already affected many families, and will comfort others going through the same thing in the future."