Welcoming the New Year!!

Posted in: Special Spaces Newsletter- Jan 30, 2018 No Comments

As we ring in the New Year, we want to thank you for your continued support of Special Spaces. 2017 was a record year for our teams and we look forward to creating even more dream bedroom makeovers in 2018. Thanks to our many team members, supporters, donors, and community partners we are positioned to do great things in the year ahead. We invite you to become more involved and together we’ll truly … Change Children’s Lives One Bedroom at a Time!

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Tim’s Pokemon Special Space

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GAME ON!!! 10-year-old Tim was thrilled to see his new playful Pokémon themed dream bedroom makeover. Visit Special Spaces Fox Valley’s Facebook page to enjoy more pictures from Tim’s dream bedroom reveal… while there, see if you can find Pickachu?! Congratulations to an amazing team of volunteers for a job well done, this bedroom exceeded Tim’s hopes and most importantly, it provided him with a special space to heal, recover, and find peace.

~ Hope is the silver lining of dreams. ~

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The Effects of Environment on Healing

Health is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health includes physical health, emotional health, the ability to manage stress and more. The word healing comes from the Anglo-Saxon word haelen, which means to make whole. Healing is not the same as curing, which is more about fixing problems, eradicating disease, and decreasing symptoms. Children can be healed even if they are not cured.

In recent years, the effects of the physical environment on the healing process and well-being have proved to be increasingly relevant for patients and their families. In the 1990s, design solutions in healthcare, based on published research, were defined as “evidence-based design” (EBD). Evidence-based design has become the theoretical concept for what are called healing environments. Based on the definitions of academic researchers, a healing environment can be defined as a place where the interaction between patient and staff produces positive health outcomes within the physical environment.

There are several simple guidelines to follow in creating a healing environment. One of them is to look for ways to reduce stress in the environment. This is based on research from the field of psychoneuroimmunology that shows how physical and emotional stress negatively impacts our bodies in multiple ways. Stress is a major contributor to inflammation and infections, which children with life threatening conditions are most susceptible to. The impact of stress is systemic because our brain and our nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are constantly interacting. An impact on one system reverberates throughout the others.

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SO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A SICK CHILD GOES HOME? WHAT THEN…?

Over 27,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with some form of life-threatening illness each year. When recovering from illness, the average child would rather be with their family and friends in a homecare setting than in a highly sophisticated technological environment.

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Children have the most control of their environment at home. But, when a child comes home from treatment, it doesn’t mean that he or she jumps back into their normal activity of school, sports and being social with friends. It is more likely that they will spend a good number of hours each day in their bedroom—if not the majority—regaining their strength. Children with life-threatening illnesses want to be at home.

This is where SPECIAL SPACES comes in…

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