Many families, including those who live in the Roanoke area, are often torn between the desire to stay by the bedside of their hospitalized child and the need to take a break, even for just a brief time. The Ronald McDonald Family Room, located on the 14th floor of Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital, provides a respite area for parents who need to leave the bedside, but don’t want to go far.
The Family Room has a fully stocked kitchen, computer with Internet access, private phone and recliners. It is a quiet area for rest and refreshment that allows family members to remain near their child. Each month, 300–400 families use the Family Room free of charge.