There are several things we will need you to do prior to coming for your treatment at Nationwide Children's.
On your first day here, you will meet with most members of our treatment team. Each member of the team will learn information about your rumination and other aspects of your life so that we can understand your challenges from many different perspectives.
Patients and families meet with the following professionals during their first two days:
On the second day, team members complete their evaluations with you, and the treatment team meets as a group to share what they have learned and to develop your specific treatment plan. The plan is shared with you after the team meeting, and you are provided with a daily schedule of events. Treatment begins immediately.
Monday through Friday, patients have a schedule of therapies (and free time). The schedule is designed during the team meeting. View sample schedule.
On the weekends, therapies are less structured. Patients always will have assignments, and rumination treatment continues, but in a different format. Depending on the patient’s progress, eating outside of the hospital for one meal may be encouraged, to begin generalizing skills learned in the hospital.
Parents are welcome to stay throughout the admission. Parents have the option of sleeping in the hospital room with the patient, but for comfort we typically recommend they have a room at the Ronald McDonald House across the street from the hospital. If parents would like a room reserved, please let us know prior to admission and we can help arrange for this.
Visitors also are welcome, but typically not during the daytime when therapy is taking place. The best time for visitors is after 7 on weekdays and anytime on the weekends.
Determining when a patient is ready for discharge is based on many factors. These include the patient’s progress in the program, their level of improvement, their medical readiness, and their daily calorie and fluid intake.