The Trygfonden Family House
Globally, there has been focus on creating a better framework for families with children admitted to hospital for a prolonged period of time. On 30 May 2012, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary opened the Trygfonden Family House at Aarhus University Hospital.
The Danish foundation TrygFonden has established the Family House for families with children admitted to Aarhus University Hospital for a prolonged period of time. The Family House makes it possible for the family (parents, siblings and maybe grandparents) to be together and live as normally as possible during the child's admission.
At the Department of Paediatrics, Aarhus University Hospital, parents and siblings of children admitted to hospital for a long time have experienced how difficult it is to be together as a family. Families live apart when one parent is with the hospitalised child and the other parent is at home with the other siblings.
The Family House can provide facilities for being together as a family, also in times with critical illness of the child. Moreover, families can meet others in the same situation and support each other.
All families with a child admitted for a prolonged period of time at Aarhus University Hospital can be referred to the Family House through the unit where the child is admitted.