Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy

How to Keep Siblings Involved

Siblings can feel more involved with the care of their hospitalized brother or sister by participating in activities at home or when visiting the hospital.

Activities to do at home

Activities to do in the hospital

Things to keep in mind about siblings visiting the Hospital

It's important that siblings be allowed to visit whenever possible. Prepare siblings for what they will see and hear when they arrive, using honest, age-appropriate words. Describe how their brother or sister looks or acts if it is different from normal. If the brother or sister is very ill, injured, and/or not feeling well, suggest siblings pack a bag of things to do quietly while they are at the hospital.

For more information about how to prepare siblings to visit the Hospital, contact the Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy department at 215-590-2001.


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