Taking care of yourself, while we’re taking care of your little hero.

Imagine all the things running through your mind on a regular basis when it comes to your children.  Now imagine how much more complicated things could become when your child is ill.  The last thing on a parent’s mind is usually their own well being.  Ironically, that does no good for the parent or the child, who needs their parents at full strength to help them through this process.

When we designed our new hospital, we wanted to make sure we make it as easy as possible for parents and family members to take care of themselves while we’re taking care of their child.

You’ve already read about how we’ve designed the patient rooms so mom or dad can get a good night’s sleep while they’re in the hospital.

We’ll also write more in the future about how we’re choosing our dining options with health and balance in mind, while still addressing the importance of “comfort foods” that kids and parents alike often reach for when they’re in the hospital.

Another important thing for families to keep in mind is to get some exercise.  We don’t need to tell you that exercise is good for you, of course.  Particularly for parents whose child might be hospitalized for long periods of time, it is important to take care of yourself and maintain healthy routines whenever possible.  In addition to the health and energy-level benefits for mom and dad, it can also help clear your mind so you’re able to listen and understand the information from your child’s care team.

With this in mind, we created a family exercise room on the 7th floor of the new hospital – with treadmills, stairclimbers, and some free weights for family members to use while they’re spending so much time at the hospital.

And when the weather is nice, the children’s hospital is just steps away from the beautiful Nichols Arboretum, with its beautiful walking paths practically across the street from the new hospital’s front door.

We think making exercise a convenient thing for family members is going to help make many parents’ experiences while at Mott much improved.  What do you think?