FAQs for Hospitals
Welcome to For a Day Foundation! We’re delighted to connect with you and answer all your questions about our service. If you’re here, you probably want to know that we fall within your policies. And we get it. For 19 years, we’ve worked with dozens of hospitals throughout the US, so we’ve seen a wide variety of guidelines. In addition to connecting with a Local Chapter Director, this page serves to fill in additional questions you may have about us.
For a Day Foundation operates through a network of local chapters, anchored by a national home office. The home office vets, appoints, and trains a select group of volunteers to serve as a Local Chapter Director (LCD). The LCD receives one-on-one training for starting and developing a local chapter, including planning and implementing our service per the most conservative hospital guidelines. We aggregate our experience from hundreds of hospital visits to create a seamless and easy group volunteer event to serve the kids, and also to serve you. We welcome your feedback for potential new ‘for a day’ themes and suggested activities.
How do you choose which patient gets to be queen?
Every child is queen! We bring enough supplies so each patient receives a gift bag and tiara.
what types of crafts or activities do you bring?
In addition to the makeup/nail polish/superhero capes, we like to provide an activity that keeps the kids in the room, interacting with volunteers and other patients. We understand the social aspect of our service and the benefits of mindfulness. We generally bring foam crafts, like decorating a picture frame or door hanger, or something more aligned to an upcoming holiday or party theme. We don’t use paint or glue. Coloring drawstring backpacks have been popular, and it gives participants a way to store all their new goodies. We bring fabric-safe markers to use for this activity.
How can I get this program at my facility?
Contact us and let us know you are interested. We will either find someone in your area or the national office will come to you to host an event. Our goal is to establish a relationship with your facility to offer our services on a consistent, long-term basis. If the national office comes, we would ask to invite the media to let the community know the program is available and volunteers are needed. Ideally, a volunteer would come forward from the media coverage and the chapter development begins.
We respect hospital policy on patient privacy. We train our volunteers to be sensitive of the questions they ask and provide examples of topics to talk about other than illness, treatment, etc. We prefer to have photo releases on all patients as we use photos for the website and other materials. However, we understand that is not always possible with every patient. We can work with a sticker system where children without a release wear a sticker so our cameras know not to take a photo.
However, part of our experience is providing a photo of each child’s experience to take with them. Usually, it’s with the patient’s personal device. However, we’d like to arrange an option for every child to have a photo souvenir, within the appropriate guidelines.
do you see patients in isolation and/or provide bedside visits?
Yes! For patients in isolation, let us know how much of our standard supplies can be used and we will accommodate. For bedside visits, we’ll bring along a small selection of our standard supplies, so patients can still choose pieces to match their personality. We can also pull out a Madlib or two, to encourage interaction.
How do you ensure infection control/immune protection?
We take several precautions to keep the patients safe. While our makeup is donated from various sources, we make sure it meets certain criteria. The make-up we provide is new and is used only on that patient to avoid cross-contamination with other people. We do not use eyeliner, mascara, or foundation. If feather boas are provided, they have been ordered from a company that wraps them individually during production and are unwrapped only when being given to the child. Superhero capes and masks have also been individually sealed to preserve cleanliness. Tiaras have been donated from actual beauty queens, and are metal frames with glass or plastic stones. Each tiara is cleaned, inspected, and disinfected by the home office.
Can I invite patients outside the oncology unit?
We are established for cancer patients and have an obligation to offer services as we advertise. However, we understand that not every facility houses oncology separate from other units and we cannot single out only those patients with cancer. In those instances, yes, we can provide the event for patients housed with oncology. However, providing for entire pediatric hospitals can strain our resources. Depending on the chapter’s resources, it can be considered.
We do not allow gender-specific programs.
No problem. We generally host Hero for a Day simultaneously with the Queen for a Day program. This allows participants to choose whichever theme suits their personality, regardless of gender. Also, as the local chapter develops a relationship with you, we can work together to create additional 'for a day' themes that suit your patient population.
How often do you schedule events?
Each chapter director commits to at least two events per year for each facility they choose to work with. They will work with you to determine what is appropriate for your facility.
Can I make a special request for a special patient?
Yes! For instance, we’ve provided a Queen for a Day experience for a teenager who was about to start a treatment that would result in hair loss. Before she started the procedure, we came in with a professional manicurist for customized nail art, a professional hair stylist for a full blow out, and a professional makeup artist for a legit makeover. We don’t have to go to that extent, but we can! If you have a special request, we’ll work with you to create a mini experience they’ll always remember.