When your child needs care at the hospital, we know that being away from home can be stressful and overwhelming. We want your time here to be easy and as pleasant as possible for your entire family.
Sleeping accommodations for one adult often are available at the hospital. Additional family members can stay at the Ronald McDonald House or one of the many hotel or furnished temporary housing options located nearby.
Staying at the Hospital
Being in the hospital can be scary for a child. We want a parent or guardian to stay overnight in the patient's room whenever possible.
Most units have a cot or fold-out chair for sleeping. The nursing staff on your child's floor can tell you what's available.
If your child is in Intensive Care, you cannot sleep in the room but you may be able to use one of the nearby sleeping rooms.
When you sleep at the hospital:
- Linens and showers are provided.
- Please be awake and dressed by 8 a.m.
- Show your parent badge in the cafeteria for a free beverage each morning.
- For your safety and security, please do not sleep in lobbies or hallways.
Hotels and Apartments
A variety of hotels and furnished apartments are located near the hospital, many within just a few miles.
If you need to make plans for an overnight stay, our Welcome Center staff can help make reservations. We have relationships with many area hotels and may be able to get you a reduced rate. Please fill out the Request for Hotel Accommodations form, or call the Welcome Center at (800) 792-8401.
You can also contact the hotels on your own.
View our list of area hotels. The list is based on geographic location only. Hotels marked with an asterisk (*) are part of the Sleep Well, Get Well program and offer free rooms when available.
Ronald McDonald House
Just steps away from Nationwide Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House provides comfortable bedrooms to 137 families every night.
The house is located across the street from the hospital. No one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. Families are referred to the Ronald McDonald house by Nationwide Children's Hospital. You can also fill out a reservation request form.
When a room is available, the family services staff at Ronald McDonald house will contact the family directly.
Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to families of patients in critical care.Take a Ronald McDonald House virtual tour.