About The House
A “Home Away From Home”
The best medicine for a child is having mom and dad at their side. As the only facility of its kind in Las Vegas, the Ronald McDonald House makes this possible by enabling families to be within moments of their child's hospital bedside.
Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. Often, it can be a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having their mom and dad close by for love and support.
The Ronald McDonald House program provides a "home-away-from-home" for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Our House is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.
Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House, parents also can better communicate with their child's medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans when needed. They can also focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning or cooking meals.
When your child is sick, you want the best care possible - even if it is hundreds or thousands of miles away. The Las Vegas Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or sometimes no cost. The House can accommodate up to twelve families at a time with the average length of stay being 10 days. In 2011 our housing program saved families over $264,000 in lodging costs (Calculation based on 2011 average lodging rates of $101.00 in Las Vegas.). Since opening in July of 1998, the House has provided temporary housing for 3,367 families for a total of 35,515 nights. In 2011, the House served 251 families, 643 adults and 254 children for a total of 4,380 nights.
- 2011 Family home states are as follows:
48% - Nevada;
32% - Arizona;
8% - California; and
4% - Utah.
Over 91% of RMHC families have a child who is receiving treatment at either Sunrise or the Children's Hospital of Nevada at UMC.
The Las Vegas House is three stories, over 12,000 square feet, and was specifically designed to accommodate up to 12 families at one time. Each of the 12 guest rooms includes a private bathroom with shower, two double beds, linens and a telephone. Extra linens and fold-away beds are available to accommodate extra guests. Three bedrooms located on the first floor are wheelchair accessible. All guests share a fully stocked kitchen, two TV rooms, a dining room, game room and laundry area.
We have everything you’d expect to find in a home, including food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and more. Each family is given refrigerator and pantry space to store their own food, and the laundry facilities are free and fully stocked with detergent and fabric softener. In addition to our fully stocked pantry and refrigerators, local community groups and organizations often prepare home cooked meals for our families.
Families will also find shelves filled with books, games, and movies, a playroom full of toys and a patio full of sunshine and fresh air!
We like to consider all of our guests as family, and ask that they help keep the House neat and clean during their stay. This includes cleaning their rooms and bathrooms, and helping with the daily household chores.
The House is staffed full time, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week by our House Manager, Resident Manager, and Weekend Managers. We also have a dedicated group of volunteers that provide our families with home-cooked dinners, baked goods, toys, and holiday items.
Who is eligible to stay?
Families are eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House if:
They have a child age 21 or under receiving medical treatment at a local hospital or medical facility.
They live 25 miles or more outside of the Greater Las Vegas area.
All families must be referred by a doctor, nurse, social worker, or other medical source who can verify patient information.
When the RMH is not able to accommodate an eligible family due to House occupancy or other factors, RMH staff may attempt to make arrangements for the family at an affiliated hotel at a reduced or negotiated rate. Subject to availability and any conditions imposed by the hotel; families will be responsible for meeting any credit card requirements and for paying all costs incurred during their stay, including daily room rates, incidentals, or deposits; families will also be responsible for any damage caused to the hotel.”