The design of an environment can have a therapeutic effect on a sick child, Studies clearly show that a whole range of environmental factors -- including lighting, color, aroma, views, art, scale, proportion, sound, texture and materials -- have a powerful healing and therapeutic effect on patients, Healing environments may lead to: faster patient recoveries, reduced pain, fewer cases of infection, greater patient satisfaction and reduced stress among parents/caregivers. Good environments make us feel better, and feeling better is the key to getting better.
Good environments make us feel better, and feeling better is the key to getting better.
A Room to Heal is the "brain child' of two local mothers who wanted to make a difference in the Binghamton, NY area. One of the mothers learned first-hand what it means to have a seriously ill child when her son was diagnosed with leukemia. Thanks to a life-saving bone marrow transplant, her son is now leading a healthy, normal life. But both women felt passionate about the need for children to have a calming, peaceful and uplifting environment in order to heal. Their passion led them to create this organization to help families and the children who are suffering from critical illness.
The kick-off event for A Room to Heal was held in December 2005, with a fundraising luncheon to share the idea. Over 40 local women attended, many giving donations and signing up to be involved. From that luncheon, a board was created, with seven people meeting every few weeks to develop the organization. The board created a referral process, mailing list, fundraising plans, promotional materials and more. In 2006, A Room to Heal became incorporated and obtained its 501(c)3 non-profit status.