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Clinical Services at Rush Special Needs Tours
Program Description

Hospitalization can be a confusing, frightening and overwhelming experience, but it can be even more so for people with developmental or cognitive disabilities. These emotions may result in their inability or unwillingness to cooperate in their own care, combativeness leading to compromised safety or the need for sedation, and overall family dissatisfaction with the hospital experience.

With this in mind, Rush now offers a special tour to help prepare adults with cognitive and intellectual disabilities for hospitalization and, if needed, surgery. The-two hour program is designed to show patients what they will likely experience during their stay at the hospital. Patients and guardians can:

  • Tour parts of the hospital, including admitting, surgery and the unit they will be staying on
  • See and handle some of the medical equipment that may be used to care for them, such as stethoscopes, syringes, blood pressure cuffs and oxygen masks
  • Receive a developmentally appropriate explanation about why they are coming to the hospital and what will happen when they do
  • Learn how to make the health care encounter a more positive one

To register or learn more about the program, call the help line at (312) 942-7806.





Contact Phone
(312) 942-7806
Contact E-mail
contact_rush@rush.edu



Location
Rush University Medical Center
1653 W. Congress Parkway, 599 Jones
Chicago, IL 60612

Enter At: Building entrance is at 1620 W. Harrison St.


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