Child Life Program
Nicole Almeida, Director Child Life Program
VISITING WITH HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN
The reactions of hospitalized children may differ from those of healthy children. Expressions of appreciation or affection may be restrained. For infection control reasons as well as space limitations, we must limit groups to no more then five people at one time.
Talk to children about their hobbies and interests or comment on some of the things in their room. Avoid asking questions about why they are in the hospital, how long they have been here or when they are going home.
When approaching the children, move slowly and bend down to their level. This will allow the child to decide how much they wish to interact with you. If they show any sign of resistance, just move away slowly.
A member of the child Life Staff will escort you on the unit at all times. Visitors will not be allowed in isolation rooms, however the Child Life Specialist can take a gift to the child and entertainers can often perform at the doorway.
At times there may be unpredictable situations on the pediatric unit that may create an environment inappropriate for visitors. If cancellation is necessary, every effort will be made to reschedule the visit for a more appropriate time.