Happiness is a great healer. We want being in hospital to be a fun and exciting experience for the kids,” explains Tomas Gedda, head of fundraising at the Foundation for Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg. Four years have now passed since Tomas Gedda embarked on the successful “healingrooms” project. The Foundation funds and provides ancillary services designed to make a child’s hospital stay as pleasant as possible. The thinking is that fun activities, games and music reduce fear and pain, speeding the healing process.
“Children who are in pain and feeling stressed don’t want to lie there in bare, reverberating rooms decorated in dull colours, with cables criss-crossing the ceiling,” says Tomas.
Acoustic panels printed with motifs of the appropriate animal are mounted on the walls, and there is a sound-absorbent inner ceiling, printed with a jungle motif, covering the entire space. A sound loop in each room plays a pleasant background noise from the animal’s daily life. In the zebra room, for example, you can hear the sound of a herd of zebras approaching. “The kids love this,” says Tomas Gedda.
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