A stay in the hospital can be stressful and scary for anyone, but it can be especially upsetting for kids. The team at Gundersen Health System knows how important it is to keep their routine as normal as possible. That's why they take several steps to make the hospital feel like home.
The staff at Gundersen encourages parents to be involved with as much of their child's daily routine as they feel comfortable. Parents know their kids the best, so they should feel free to offer suggestions for their child's care. Parents should keep in mind, though, their child's behavior may change in the hospital.
To help parents or guardians be involved in their child's daily routine, they are welcome to stay overnight in their child's room. Most patients will have a private room, but on some rare occasions, patients will need to share a room. In these cases, parents will need to take turns sleeping in the room. If a parent can't stay overnight, but would like another family member to stay, they need to receive permission from the charge nurse.
A sleeping room is available for family members who would like to stay overnight, but are not able to stay in the child's room. The room contains a queen size bed, television, phone and adjacent bathroom. It is assigned daily, so families have to check with the charge nurse to make sure the room is available.
For more information about hospital stays for children and teens, call (608) 775-3373 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 53373.