Nurseries for Long-stay Child Patients
There are some stories that, when we hear them, make us see things differently. One example is Giulia, whose story inspired Intesa Sanpaolo to focus more on children and their world. As a result, Intesa Sanpaolo’s project for Children in long-term care was born, stemming from the story of this little girl and from listening to the needs of her family who—like many others—have experienced the traumatic ordeal of a serious illness that turns the early years of their child’s life upside down and has a significant impact on the development of their cognitive, emotional and interpersonal skills.
Giulia had been kept in hospital since she was born and had never been able to spend time at our corporate nursery.
One day, her family came to the Bank with a brave question that set off a spark: How can we ensure that Giulia receives an education that she would otherwise get at the crèche while in hospital? How can we enable her to continue being a child, with her right to play and grow, in spite of the difficulties she faces while ill? And how can we do this for other children experiencing the same issues?
This project has the answer. The aim is to help children between 0-3 years of age overcome the risk factors caused by the traumatic stress they experience when staying in hospital by dedicating time to them with personalised activities designed to promote cognitive and behavioural development and affection and, most importantly, to make them feel like they are children, not patients. It’s about their desire to smile, talk, listen to stories, walk, draw, manipulate and create, sing a song and clap, say a few more words and express themselves. It doesn’t take much to relieve their pain and the experience of being in hospital: through play, children enter a whole new world where they can simply be carefree, experience new things and have fun with other children.
Since 2016, 6 nurseries have been opened in 6 outstanding Italian hospitals, including the Regina Margherita Children's Hospital in Turin, the Santobono Pausilipon Hospital in Naples, the San Gerardo Hospital in Monza, the Azienda Ospedaliera in Padua, the Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic in Bologna and the Giannina Gaslini Institute in Genoa.