The comfort kits are to provide support, both practical and emotional, to parents or carers of children rushed to hospital. They are intended to help the parent or carer feel better prepared to cope with the situation and to take in the information they are being given.
This could be by feeling fresher, so the kits contain a toothbrush and toothpaste, wet wipes a flannel and shower gel. It could be by having some sleep, so the kit contains warm socks and a blanket, or it could be by not feeling hungry, so the kit contains snacks.
It will also contain a notepad and pencil as it is often hard to retain all the information being given in such a traumatic situation, and also a teddy bear. This is a gift and a keepsake to the child from the charity, which we hope will bring a smile.
Although most of the items are for practical use, our aim is that the provision of the kit will help the parent or carer feel they are not alone, and there are people out there who care and support them. It can be a bewildering, disorientating experience which parents are often thrust in to with little preparation or previous experience, which can add to the anxiety and worry. By anticipating the practical needs and providing help, we hope this also provides emotional support to allow the parent or carer to focus all their emotional energy in to caring for their child.
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Providing Comfort Kits and support to families of seriously ill children admitted to hospital in an emergency. On behalf of Finlay, his Family & Friends, thank you.