Types of Teams
This is the core of the program – companioning with teens in the hospital. A visitation team goes into the teen rooms every afternoon, with an offer to provide movies, play a game of cards, talk, make a ShandsSpace, give Mom & Dad a coffee/food break, hear their story and build a relationship with a teenage patient.
This shift happens every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night (5:30 – 8:45 PM). There is no structured “one-thing” happening. Video gaming is pretty popular as are beading and crafts, board games, and UNO. Our teens also just like to use the Internet. There is a Wii and a pool table. Yes, relationships are formed, but diversion is the key element. The therapy here is about forgetting the hospital for an hour or so. It is also about getting them to meet other teens who also are struggling with different and similar things.
Focused interest just seems to happen as you are working with Streetlight. You start to have a soft heart for one area or another, or you see a need and have an idea. And we welcome ideas!!! But focus groups do not work as well if you do not have that weekly relationship with your teens through shift work. To learn more about our four project teams, click on the image below.
Sometimes when a family is spending a lot of time bedside with their teenager they stop eating regularly or don’t want to leave the room for long periods of time to get food. There is only so much hospital food a family can eat! Our Streetlight Bakers use food as another way to comfort families going through a difficult time. Our team cooks homemade food that is brought to the bedside for our families. It is greatly appreciated. Our Streetlight Bakers also help provide food at other events like Memorial Services.
Outpatient Visitation Teams
This program strives to bridge the connection of social support between hospitalization and the time spent at home for patients who are frequently in and out of the hospital due to medical needs. People in this age group can become lonely for companionship because they have graduated from school and frequently have to pass their days at home alone. Due to their medical issues, these young adults are unable to engage in many of the other activities and jobs their peers take part in. Streetlight members sign up to be on an outpatient team in addition to their weekly shift work. The families and patients seem to really appreciate the home visits which might include watching a movie, exchanging favorite YouTube videos, doing crafts or accompanying a patient to a family party or Hippodrome play.