The Hospital School is aimed at discovering the educational needs of the sick children and serving them throughout the hospitalization period. On average, 800-1200 children annually use the services of the Hospital School.
The hospital school offers a special educational programme for each child. At entrance the hospital school teachers evaluate the abilities and the needs of the child in order to set up an individualized program that meets the knowledge level and the needs of the child. Due to the chronic nature of the illness, many of our pupils have missed days at school and may need to have a specially developed program to fill in the gaps.
The hospital psychosocial team members provide counseling and therapy to the children and families facing difficult challenges with overcoming or coping with an illness and moving to a new environment. Often these children and their care provider, usually the mother, lack the connection with their family (especially true when the child comes from a remote region of Armenia), who provide the much needed emotional support. It is not uncommon for the mother in this case to leave her job, other children in the family, etc. to be able to care for her sick child. All off these combined with the child’s health issues can create isolation and lead to depression. When the illness of the child prolongs the family can fall apart.
Patient Family House was established in 2000 based on the model of Ronald McDonald House in the UK. The accommodation is provided to the sick child on treatment and one care provider, usually the mother. The PFH hosts patients from all the departments of “Arabkir” JMC&ICAH and pediatric department of Haematology Hospital, based on the need.
In its full capacity PFH can simultaneously accommodate 18 families in 9 cozy bedrooms with the necessary furnishing, bed linen and blankets.