Ronald McDonald House Charities Offers Free Accommodations for Children Under 18 Seeking Medication in Taipei
As a feedback to society to look after(1) social minorities, the Ronald McDonald House Charities,(2) sponsored by enterprises, now offers accommodations(3) for children under 18, as well as their caring family members, who come from remote regions and offshore islands to seek medication at medical centers like Taipei Veteran General Hospital, Tri-Service General Hospital or National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei.
A private citizen surnamed Wang from Jinsha Town said he is one of those who have benefited from the offer. His grandson had just undergone a 14-hour brain tumor(4) surgery in Taipei. Going all the way from Kinmen to see the child but unable to find a place to stay, he sought assistance from the nursing personnel at the Taipei Veterans Hospital. Through their referral,(5) he was given free lodging(6) at the Ronal McDonald House for eight days. His grandson is still in the hospital and he will travel to Taiwan again to relieve(7) his daughter-in-law and look after the child. He has contacted the Ronald McDonald House and will stay there again.
According to Wang, currently there are government transportation subsidies for people over 65 years old, children under 12 or handicapped people, as well as their accompanying family members, who are transferred from Kinmen to Taiwan for medication. If government lodging services like the Armed Forces' Hero House can provide cheap accommodations for people from Kinmen, it can really reduce their burden and they will be able to concentrate on taking care of their family members.
Mr. Lin from the Ronal McDonald House Charities expressed that the free lodging service is meant to help children, as well as their family members, from remote areas or offshore islands seeking medication in Taipei. People who need such assistance will have to acquire a "Letter of Referral" from the doctor. Hospital social workers will contact the Ronal McDonald House after the hospital confirms the need of accommodations. Ronald McDonald House will then arrange free lodging for such people. Anyone from Kinmen who needs such assistance can contact related hospital personnel or call 02-26581300.
■1. look after-照料。
■5. referral-(n)推薦、介紹、轉介；被推薦者；轉診的病人。「轉診單」就是Letter of Referral。