"A place like home …" for all families!
What to Expect at The Children's Inn
The Children's Inn enhances opportunities for groundbreaking medical discoveries by providing a free "place like home" that reduces the burdens of illness through a supportive environment, including therapeutic, educational, and recreational programming.
- No medical treatment, procedures, or appointments ever take place at The Inn. It is a safe haven.
- The Inn and its nearby transition facility, The Woodmont House, can accommodate up to 64 patient-families while their children are being treated at the NIH Clinical Center.
- The Inn has a playroom, kids' computer room, bistro, game room, learning center, business center, reflection space, teen lounge, arts and crafts studio, multipurpose room, exercise room, an outdoor sport court, and a park/playground.
- There are three large communal kitchens and dining rooms. The families make their own meals. Free shuttles go to the grocery store several times a week.
- As part of The Inn's popular "Family Dinner" program, community volunteers serve and share meals with Inn families every Sunday evening (and typically one or two other nights as well).
- Patients and their siblings are welcome to participate in any of The Inn's more than 1,000 yearly fun, educational, and therapeutic programs.
- Vi, The Inn's friendly therapy dog, is available to walk and play with Inn residents.
- The Inn has 26 full-time and 11 part-time staff members, and there is always a manager on duty. More than 200 volunteers help in every area of operations, too.