Sometimes the best chance for the recovery of an ill or injured child is traveling to a hospital or treatment center that may be far from home.
This puts most families in a very difficult situation. For a child, not having mom or dad near during a critical time is stressful, even frightening, and can also slow recovery time. For the parents, expenses mount quickly and their minds are constantly weighing the factors of life with the health and well-being of their child.
That’s why the Maine Ronald McDonald Houses are so important. These houses, close to major hospitals and treatment facilities, are a “home-away-from-home,” specially modified to comfortably accommodate several families. This keeps them close to their child and the people who are caring for the child’s health. The houses have a suggested room fee for staying, but families in need are never turned away thanks to the generosity of our partners, our donors and our volunteers. The Ronald McDonald Houses provide many of the comforts of home, such as fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, recreation areas, private guest rooms and more.
We invite you to visit our two houses that care for nearly 1000 families a year and see for yourself what a difference love can make in the health of a child.
Learn more about how your family can use our services so you can focus on your child’s health and well-being.
Families eligible to stay should meet these criteria:
- The patient must be 21 years of age or younger.
- A pregnant woman with a high risk pregnancy must be accompanied by another adult.
- Minor parents (under age 18) who are unmarried and not legally emancipated must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
- Families are not contagious with any illness.
- Rooms at RMH can only be occupied by immediate family members and those directly involved in the patient’s care.
Families are not eligible to stay if there is:
- Evidence of ongoing substance abuse or other behavior that would compromise the safety of others at the Ronald McDonald House. Individuals receiving medicated assisted medical care (i.e. methadone or buprenorphine) as part of a treatment program and meet all other criteria are eligible to stay.
- Involvement in a DHHS/CPS open assessment or case including physical abuse, neglect, emotional maltreatment or sexual abuse that may compromise the safety of others at Ronald McDonald House. Consideration of eligibility may be given to families based on current circumstances.
- Current conviction or involvement in a domestic violence relationship that will compromise the safety of others at the Ronald McDonald House.
- Criminal justice system involvement (i.e. probation, parole, or an active Protection from Abuse Order). Consideration of eligibility regarding probation or parole may be given to families based on current circumstances.
Who can stay at the Houses?
Rooms at RMH can only be occupied by immediate family members and those directly involved in the patient’s care. (Maximum of four people per room at RMH Bangor) Occupancy is contingent upon family members’ ability to function in a community living environment and follow rules.
How do I request a room for my family?
Referrals are made by Social Workers from their respective medical facilities. In the case of outpatient medical appointments, referrals are made by the physician’s office. After the referral has been sent to the House, please call the morning of the day you need the accommodations to verify availability.
For more information
If you have questions about eligibility or the application process, please call the House number above in which you are applying to stay.