The waiting room starts to feel like our home away from home. All too many waiting rooms are terrible spaces to spend time in.
Architects, designers, and office managers take note – here’s what caregivers would like to see in your office:
- a variety of comfy seating options for people of all sizes and conditions
- enough space for everyone – there should never be people waiting in the hallway!
- space for people in wheelchairs and using walkers to navigate
- wifi and work stations
- a space for kids to play with toys and games
- a room to watch TV and chat
- a semi-private place to relax quietly
- a dark room with reclining chairs or daybeds to sleep in
- outlets to charge phones and laptops
- free refreshments
- blankets and toiletries
- access to a gym
- a fish tank to watch
- a reading library
- a masseuse
- lockers to keep your things
- full bathroom with showers and mirrors
- access to counselors, social workers, and other people to talk to
“Chemo took us from 3 to 6 hours 1 to 2 times weekly. If I were able to rest/sleep while my husband was in the best hands available, it would have been the most welcomed 3 to 6 hours of our hectic week on many occasions…” – Dianne S. C.
We know it’s possible…
“St. David’s Hospital Round Rock Texas has the nicest ICU waiting room with most of the amenities people have mentioned hot and cold drinks, comfortable furniture, a volunteer, new magazines, several areas widely separated, off the hall, nice tables and chairs for families to eat together. And it is off the main hall but without doors and at the side of the ICU so there is no walking traffic passing by gawking.” – Jeananne E.
“[The] hospital here in Melbourne for those with cancer has a quiet area for those waiting if they prefer to be away from noise – lounge chairs, soft lighting. They also supply wool and knitting needles and instructions on how to measure a square of knitting. The squares are then eventually stitched together to make rugs for homeless people.” – Jan T.
“At ETCH volunteers bring a cart stocked with toiletries, snacks, magazines, crosswords, etc hourly for waiting family to take advantage of. More than once I have personally benefitted from this service.” – Terina P.
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As Director, Cori develops our comprehensive global communications and development strategy. She’s constantly tweaking our services based on data-driven marketing metrics and feedback from caregivers. She works to grow our community and build the reputation of The Caregiver Space by amplifying the message on social media, cultivating relationships with experts, creating organizational partnerships, and earning media coverage. She’s an active member of the community and regularly creates resources for Caregivers.
Cori joined The Caregiver Space after a decade of serving as a communications consultant for a number of nonprofit organizations and corporations furthering sustainable energy and urban planning solutions.
Cori has an MA in Corporate Communications from Baruch College at CUNY and a BA in Media Studies from Eugene Lang College at the New School University. She divides her time between Brooklyn and Toronto.