The Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at Riley Hospital for Children and IU Health Methodist Hospital are putting visitor restrictions in place starting Monday, Nov. 18th. Only visits by parents plus four designated adults identified by the parents will be allowed on the NICU floor.
Siblings and children under 18 will not be permitted. These restrictions minimize risk of infection to patients already at risk and will be in place through spring 2020.
When a child is hospitalized or receiving treatments, family entertainment often takes a backseat to healing and recovery. Your child may not be able to attend a ballgame or visit a museum, but we can bring those things to Riley at IU Health.
Throughout the year, the activity rooms on each unit and in the Child Life Zone are filled with special events for patients and families. These events are made possible through the generosity of sports and entertainment celebrities, community outreach organizations, museums and corporations. Events in the Child Life Zone are open to inpatients and outpatients visiting Riley at IU Health on the day of the event.
We encourage children to participate in special events, which can enhance their healing process and relieve stress for everyone in the family. Each event begins with freedom of choice: do you want to participate, and what do you want to do once you are there?
These events are organized for your child’s entertainment, and your child can choose to opt in or out, depending on his/her preference. Even the simplest choices may help your child feel more in charge at a time when life may feel beyond their control.
Riley at IU Health receives many free tickets to local activities, concerts and sporting events for outpatients and their families. If your family would like to receive regular notices when ticket opportunities are available, please submit a request.