During the week, each child’s schedule is structured to resemble a day at school or home:
- 7 a.m.: Wake up, order breakfast, get dressed, take meds
- 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Therapies/school/music therapy
- 12 to 1 p.m.: Lunch/rest time
- 1 to 4 p.m.: Therapies/Child Life activity
- 5 to 9 p.m.: Dinner, visitors/guests, meds, activities of daily living
- 9 p.m.: Bedtime
Family and Caregiver Presence Is Encouraged
Parents/caregivers are encouraged to be with their child throughout the stay. Because of the child’s busy schedule and to promote a healing environment, we ask that families and visitors be aware of rest times. These times are noted on the child’s daily schedule.
Each child is provided with a private room that includes their own bathroom, TV and DVD player. We provide linens and a couch that converts to a bed to let families be at the child’s bedside. Families can bring family photos, drawings and personal items to help patients feel more comfortable.
Dell Children’s offers a hospital-based school program if a child is expected to be here for an extended period of time. Child Life specialists can provide more information.
Young visitors must be supervised by an adult at all times. The hospital has playrooms available for their use as well as toys and outdoor spaces.
Caring for the Caregivers
We encourage families to get plenty of rest, eat healthy meals and drink plenty of water during this stressful time, and also to take breaks from the unit and outside of the hospital. Because we are a small unit, families get to know one another and you may gain encouragement and learn from other families going through similar emotions and experiences.
Inpatient rehabilitation is the first step in the recovery process. In order to help children and families feel more comfortable returning home, parents/caregivers learn how to attend to the child’s needs, including the use of any equipment. The rehab team will help coordinate follow-up appointments and assist in planning for a safe transition home.
Helpful Information and Resources during the Stay
On the 3rd floor near the main visitors desk, families will find:
- TreeHouse Gift Shop
- Holy Roast Cafe
- Chapel and chapel garden
The Thyme Out is located on the first floor. Open every day; hours vary. Ask your nurse for specific times.
Family Resource Center
On the 3rd floor, with computer access and a library for family use during the patient’s stay.
Located within the rehabilitation unit, offers a refrigerator and microwave.
Playrooms are open to all young visitors; hours vary.
The main garden is adjacent to the rehabilitation unit; others are located in the main courtyard and accessible from all floors.
Ronald McDonald House
1315 Barbara Jordan Blvd
Austin, TX 78723
Shops and Restaurants
Dell Children’s is located in the Mueller Development. There are several stores within walking distance for your convenience.