The Family Home is a private, nonprofit facility at 4300 West Markham Street. It is owned by the board of Parents and Friends of Children and Adults, Inc., and their mission is “to operate a facility that will provide affordable lodging in a home-like setting for cancer patients and parents of premature infants being cared for at the UAMS Medical Center and to provide a cancer support center where education, fellowship and nurturing can take place in a supportive atmosphere.”
The Family Home is a spacious 13,500 square foot house with two guest wings: one has a kitchen, laundry, and five bedrooms and baths for parents who have babies in the UAMS Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the other has two kitchens, laundry and 10 bedrooms and baths for cancer patients and their caregivers. In addition to an office, conference room, meditation area, and manager’s apartment, the home also includes the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary Cancer Support Center comprised of a library, kitchen, activities room, covered porch and great room where functions for cancer patients are held.
In order to stay at the Family Home, all guests must be referred by a social worker at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, NICU or the inpatient oncology unit. If you and/or your family members need additional details, please contact your social worker.
If you, your company or your organization are interested in contributing money or other resources to this project, please call 501-978-2900.
About our Patients
For the low birth-weight babies in the UAMS neonatal intensive care unit, mother’s milk is vitally important to guard against disease. And few forces on earth are as strong as a mother’s desire to be near her baby and meet the needs of her child. So when a baby is born too soon or too small and must be hospitalized, all other priorities fade into the background — including the need for a restful environment and healthy diet for the nursing mother.
A cancer diagnosis affects the entire family. And a comfortable place to rest and spend time with a family member can make a big difference in the emotional and physical health of the patient. However, few families can afford the long hotel stays, compounded by lost income, when a loved one must remain near the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute for treatment.