A separate Teen Life Program is offered for patients ages ten to twenty-one. This program is designed to meet the developmental needs of adolescents and encourages emotional expression and social interaction. Teens and young adults are invited to hang out in the teen lounge and take advantage of numerous recreational activities offered in teenlounge and at bedside:
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"Get Acquainted Night"
"Get Acquainted Night" promotes communication and socialization among patients. The program gives participants an opportunity to meet and share feelings, concerns and questions with each other. New friendships forged during these get-togethers can be further developed throughout hospitalization and after.
Craft workshops offered through the Teen Life program serve as outlets for creative expression of emotion. As patients relax and use their imagination, feelings regarding their illness or hospitalization are more freely communicated. Adolescents can complete structured projects or choose to make their own creations.
Games offer fun-filled diversions for patients and families. They encourage social interaction and serve as an impetus for patients' getting to know one another and make new friends. The game cabinet, located in the teen lounge, offers a large selection of games from which to chose, including: cards, board games and social interactive games.
Cooking activities offer teens an opportunity to learn a new skill, adapt to diet restrictions and take a break from hospital food. Recipes are prepared by teen patients.
Animal Assisted Therapy
Animals serve to encourage patients to participate in interactions, thus aiding in physical (as well as emotional) recovery. Patients can become involved as the animals provide an incentive to return to normal behaviors and activities. The playful animal motivate as well as stimulate physically handicapped to perform and provide social skills for all patients on the unit. Animals also provide patients with something unique to do in a hospital setting a non-medical matter.
Child and Teen Life offer humor therapy, a unique program in which child and adolescent patients and their families are amused by the antics of colorfully dressed volunteers, as they travel from room to room throughout the pediatric and adolescent units and outpatient clinics. Volunteers use a special selection of funny jokes, silly games, goofy gags and gimmicks to elicit smiles, giggles and belly laughs. Specially trained LGCH volunteers also affiliated with Jewish Women International offer this program for our patients. For more information about this program call 847.723.8697
Horticulture therapy brings the healing elements of nature indoors. It provides physical and psychological value to young patients while enhancing the hospital environment. Adolescents enjoy nurturing potted plants and completing seasonal projects using natural materials, such as making flower arrangements or designing wreaths. These projects can then be taken home with the patients upon discharge.
Starlight Starbright Entertainment: Magic Show
The Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation sponsors a monthly magic show at Lutheran General Children's Hospital. The one-hour show offers a light-hearted diversion for adolescent patients and their families. The show's magician also performs personal magic shows for patients unable to leave their rooms.
Open Heart Magic
"One-on-one magic helps children feel special, more confident and empowered. Our specially trained hospital volunteers use a new kind of close-up magic which we call interactive magic so children experience the joy of being part of creating the miracle, not just passively watching it". http://www.openheartmagic.com/
Theme dinners are special events held in the Teen Lounge, complete with decorations and party favors. Various holiday themes and special theme times are offered periodically for patients and their families throughout the year.
From time to time, the pediatric and adolescent units are treated to special performances sponsored by generous community members, groups and organizations. These performances brighten our holidays as well as add cheer throughout the year. Past entertainment has included visits from school groups, theater groups, celebrities, personal groups, etc.
Patients and families can still enjoy newly released movies when they are in the hospital. Every month, Hollywood Video comes to the hospital bringing movies that are appropriate for children and teens. Patients and families can enjoy the movie in the playroom and teen lounge with popcorn and candy. Patients who are unable to leave their room can also enjoy watching one of the newly released movies in their room.
"Teens Talk to Teens" Book
The "Teens Talk to Teens" book is a sha red notebook journal kept in the Teen Lounge. It allows patients to express thoughts, feelings or personal hospital experiences they might not otherwise be able to share with others. Patients who read the journal are comforted in the knowledge that they are not alone in their feelings or experiences.
Child and Teen Life programs and activities are supported by generous contributions from community members, organizations and area businesses. Click here to learn how you can help support the Child Life Program at Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital.