Musical performances/special visitors

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To schedule a musical performance or special visitors, call (260) 435-7344(260) 435-7344.

To schedule special visitors, call a child life specialist at (260) 435-7344(260) 435-7344.

We appreciate your willingness to visit and/or entertain Lutheran Children’s Hospital patients and their families. To make the experience a good one for everyone involved, here are a few guidelines for performers.

  • Room-to-room activities should be no more than 10 minutes each.
  • Large group performances should be no longer than an hour.
  • Programs should not contain violence, weapons or any suggestion of physical harm or death. Religion-related content must also be avoided, as well as health and medical humor.
  • Pictures may NOT be taken without the patient's prior written consent (discuss with the music therapist/child life specialist when scheduling).
  • An LCH staff member or volunteer will escort you at all times.
  • Please be sensitive to volume. Some patients will be awake and excited, while others may be resting.
  • If there is a chance a patient may play or touch instruments, the instruments must be cleaned with hospital wipes. Please discuss this policy with the music therapist prior to your visit.

General Visitation Rules

  • Visitors must wash their hands upon arrival and departure.
  • Visitors should not visit if they have recently been exposed to any type of illness Visitors showing signs of fever, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, etc. will not be allowed on the floor.
  • Visitors may not ask patients questions about their illness or the reason for their hospital stay.
  • Children and teenagers must have an adult present at all times.
  • Visitors may not enter isolation rooms at any time.
  • Gifts must be new and age appropriate. Check with the child life specialist before bringing gifts for the children.
  • Do not bring snacks or treats of any kind since most patients are on restricted diets.
  • Masks and certain costumes scare young children. Let the child's reaction be your guide.
  • Know that children may not show appreciation, but they may talk about the performance for days afterwards.
  • The number of patients, their ages and diagnoses change from day to day. Some days, there may be several children who would appreciate a visit, while on other days, there may be only one or two.