Stay with Us: Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor
To begin the process, contact your hospital social worker, a nurse supervisor, case manager or physician so they can refer you to the House. Each hospital is familiar with our referral process.
If you would like to request to stay at the Ronald McDonald House at Boston Harbor, you must meet the following criteria:
All family members being referred to stay with us must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Patients who are eligible should be vaccinated unless advised otherwise by their medical team.
The Ronald McDonald House of Boston Harbor serves families of pediatric patients age 21 and younger who are being actively treated at area hospitals.
Request to Stay forms can be submitted at any time by a Social Worker. Please note that we typically have a waitlist and cannot guarantee housing for any desired dates.
For patients who are receiving treatment without being admitted to the hospital, we require a minimum of three hospital/treatment visits per week.
There must be a need for accommodations for a minimum of a 3-night stay and a maximum of 90 nights as long as the patient continues to meet our eligibility criteria.
Female patients being treated for high-risk pregnancies also qualify to stay, however, we can only accept these patients 7 days prior to their delivery date.
Families must live at least 40 miles away from the House to be eligible.
Families cannot have any active safety or social concerns such as drug abuse, child abuse, DCF/DCYF involvement, domestic violence, felonies. For these, please call RMHC to discuss.
Patients must have a treatment start date and a projected treatment end date and will need to be verified by either a social worker, nurse, or physician at the patient’s hospital or doctor’s office.
The apartment must be occupied for 5 out of 7 nights per week. Families are allowed to travel home during their stay if they live in the United States. However, as a precaution due to COVID-19, we are not able to allow families to travel home, internationally, at any point during their stay.
Patient caregiver will need to be able to care for themselves and the patient independently.
If the parent or guardian of the patient does not speak English they must contact their hospital social worker to arrange for an interpreter. Interpreters must be available for check-ins and check-outs and 24/7, to insure program policies and emergency information is understood for liability reasons.
If you meet these requirements, please see your social worker for a referral. Someone from our Family Services Team will review the application and contact you as soon as they are able, for questions-please contact our office at 617-398-6458 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each of the one-bedroom guest units is truly a home-away-from-home. Every unit is equipped with two or more beds and plenty of linens, pillows, and towels for families to use during their stay. There are televisions in the bedroom and living room as well as WiFi, cable and a dvd player. There is also a fully equipped kitchen stocked with basic foods prior to each family’s arrival. A washer/dryer in the unit and a supply of movies, toys, books, and games, allows our families to feel “at home” when dealing with the stress of a sick child.