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.
You must meet the following criteria:
The Ronald McDonald House of Boston Harbor serves families of pediatric patients age 21 and younger who are being actively treated at area hospitals.
Please note that referrals from Social workers and other care providers can be submitted no more than 3 days in advance of your expected date of stay.
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.
No family member staying can be a convicted felon.
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 a minimum of 5 out of the 7 nights per week.
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 all of our requirements, please 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.