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How long will my child be at Blythedale?
Each child’s situation is treated individually. We will work closely with you so that your child comes home as quickly as possible. At parent conferences, we will discuss goals, care plan and discharge planning with you.

What is a typical day like for my child?
Each day is a stimulating mix of therapy, medical care, school and recreation. All children receive daily medical and nursing care. Each child will receive physical, occupational and/or speech therapy, as well as appropriate medical consultation based on an individualized treatment plan. School-aged children, who are medically able, attend school on site from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. Certified therapeutic recreation specialists provide enriching and entertaining recreational programming from 3:30 p.m. until bedtime, and on weekends and holidays. Pre-school children may also attend specialized pre-school education programs as appropriate.

As a parent, how will I be involved and participate in my child’s care?
Parents are considered part of their child’s care team at Blythedale and we want you to be actively involved in your child’s care and therapy. Team members are available to answer any questions you may have.

What does discharge planning entail?
Our goal is to work closely with families so that their children are able to return home as soon as possible. Discharge planning begins on admission and is a collaborative process between team members and parents. It involves assisting children and families in acquiring the resources needed to be home safely. It involves arranging for services such as medical care, therapy, and schooling, acquiring equipment and supplies as needed, and making connections with community agencies that can provide ongoing help.

Where do patients typically come from? 
Because of the unique and comprehensive array of pediatric programs and services, patients come to Blythedale from across the tri-state region.

What are the visitation hours?
Visitors are welcome from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Who can visit?
Healthy adult family members and friends may visit at the patient’s request. Children under 18 can visit if they are supervised by an adult and do not have a cold or other illness.

Is parking available?

Yes, parking is available and free at Blythedale.

Can I stay at the bedside?
Blythedale allows one family member to stay at the bedside in many situations.

Does Blythedale have a parent housing program?
Blythedale has a free, on-site parent housing program that is available for extended stays. The Department of Social Work has additional information about this program.

How do I make an outpatient appointment?
You can call the Outpatient Department appointment desk at (914) 831-2434 or 831-2436 to make an outpatient appointment.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?
For inpatient admissions, we require a medical and a social work summary. Day Hospital also requires each child to come in for a pre-admission assessment. Outpatient appointments do not require a medical summary; however, some insurance companies require a referral from a primary care physician. Blythedale staff may ask parents to obtain some medical information prior to their child’s appointment.

Do you accept all insurance plans?
Blythedale accepts many insurance plans. We will work with any insurance plan to try to obtain authorization and payment for services.

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