Caring for a child with an illness or complex health condition can be tricky, tiresome, worrying, and time consuming, regardless of the severity. Children can get confused, scared, stressed, and overall be very uncooperative. Fortunately, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center cares about every patient and their families and works hard each and every day to make a positive difference in the lives of children.
I was born prematurely so I spent quite a while in the hospital as a newborn and as a young child. Thankfully, we weren’t far from many amazing hospitals in Boston Massachusetts, including Tufts Medical Center.
As a child, I remember traveling to Boston on many occasions in order to see different specialist for various things, including seeing a pediatric surgeon to have a cyst removed from my chest. I was also hospitalized many times from asthma attacks that almost claimed my life. I was not the picture of health when I was a child, that’s for sure. I was sick all the time with one thing or another and going in and out of hospitals became routine to me.
Now that I have children of my own, I feel very blessed that all three of my kids are quite healthy and we haven’t needed to make any emergency hospitals visits.
As a parent, you never want to see your children ill, but thankfully there are great hospitals like Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Tufts Floating Hospital is committed to creating a child-friendly environment that helps kids feel at home instead of scared. Tufts has been treating small children for years and years so they know a thing or two about how to make kids feel comfortable.
One of the ways they’ve managed to help kids feel stronger is to offer them some entertainment that appeals to them! So without further ado, meet the Toughlings…
Aren’t they just adorable? These cute little guys will help even the smallest patients remember that they don’t have to be big to be strong. You’ll find these critters on everything from posters in elevators to the stickers provided during your child’s visit.
Another amazing way that Tufts Floating Hospital is making their little patients feel big and strong is with pet therapy dogs! Pet therapy dogs can help relieve stress quickly and also provide a sense of comfort to a child. Want even more fun? An adorable mini-horse visits the inpatient floors monthly for some additional entertainment!
Since 1948, Floating Hospital has provided Child Life Services and has pioneered the very concept of integrating play into their daily routine. We all know that play is a vital component of a child’s life, and is the major way that children communicate, learn, and have fun.
Because Floating Hospital for Children is all about making kids happy, they have taken measures to make sure that children will seen quickly, no matter what time of day. In order to achieve this goal, they offer the following services:
Floating Hospital for Children’s has a Pediatric Emergency Department that is operational 24/7. You’ll find a child-centered waiting room equipped with a play area and five rooms that are designed for soothing and healing your child.
In the event that your child does not have a life-threatening emergency, Floating Hospital for Children offers a new service called InQuicker. This allows parents to check-in quickly and get an estimated treatment time so that you and your child can wait at home instead of in a waiting room at the ER.
I think everything about the Floating Hospital is so great and I love their key message of “You Don’t Have to Be Big to Be Strong”. See what I mean…
I love knowing that when we do need an amazing hospital, that Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA will be right there for us.
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