Frequently Asked Questions
These are some answers to questions about the Ronald McDonald Family Room
What services does the Ronald McDonald Family Room offer?
The Ronald McDonald Family Room provides a welcoming homelike environment for families, just steps away from their child in the hospital. Our Family Room is a comfortable living room fully equipped with TV and radio, a bookshelf, sofas and chairs, a coffee machine and a side table with a desktop computer and free WiFi. Right behind the TV there’s an adjacent dining/kitchen area with a refrigerator, microwave, mini oven, cupboards, dining table with 5 chairs and right next to it a small laundry room. There is also a game and play area which is an excellent recreational area for kids to play and do arts and crafts with our volunteers. When entering this area through the living room, you reach the game area for older kids to enjoy games like Wii and PSP and keep in touch with their friends on the computer. Right next to it you’ll find a nice space with toys for babies, toddlers and kids including a desk with chairs for crafting projects. The Family Room is opened daily between 8 AM and 8 PM. Furthermore the Family Room offers accommodation for up to six parents, each room with its own bathroom.
Who operates the Ronald McDonald Family Room?
The Ronald McDonald Family Room is operated by the RMHC Curaçao Foundation staff and volunteers. The staff consists of a family room manager that coordinates the Family Room in its entire aspect, including support with events, sponsoring and donations. The manager also guides a pool of volunteers that provide hospitality to families in the space during operating hours.
Who can use the Ronald McDonald Family Room?
Any family with a child receiving treatment, whether hospitalized patients or outpatients, is eligible to use the Ronald McDonald Family Room facilities. All parents and immediate family members that are registered with us are welcome to use our facilities during opening hours. The play area is accessible for the kids under supervision of staff or parents.
Our admissions policy is aligned with admission guidelines and visitation hours of the pediatric department of our partnering hospital, the Curacao Medical Center.
Is it possible to spend the night at a Ronald McDonald Family Room?
Yes. Accommodation in one of our bedrooms is completely free of charge thanks to our sponsors and supporters. The bedroom is eligible for use by one parent and for the duration of the child’s stay, depending on availability and pediatric department approval. We have 3 bedrooms available, each with 2 beds, separate dresser and closet space. Both the bedroom and bathroom is shared. Registration to stay in one of our rooms will be can be done daily between 8 AM and 8 PM. There is a Family Room Manager present to assist you in this as well as our group of volunteers. Our Family Room house rules apply in addition to Curacao Medical Center house rules.
What is our relationship with McDonald’s?
We are a non-profit foundation and Arcos Dorados, the operator of our local McDonald’s restaurants, is an important corporate donor. McDonald’s involvement extends beyond monetary support:
- McDonald’s employees are dedicated volunteers and participate in local board
- RMHC Donation Boxes hosted in all restaurants is a fixed source of RMHC income
- McDonald’s conducts an annual fundraiser in November called “Gran Dia”. Part of the proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Curaçao Foundation
Although Arcos Dorados Curaçao is an important corporate donor, no company can solely fund our RMHC programs and our projected growth. We need the support of the entire community and greatly value any support contributed to RMHC Curaçao Foundation, whether it’s through cash donations, time or fundraising efforts.