When your child is sick and needs to stay at a children's hospital for an extended period of time, the family will need somewhere to stay. If there are no openings at one of the homes dedicated to the families of sick children available, you may want to consider renting an apartment in the area for your family to stay in until your child recovers. The guide below walks you through a few things to consider when searching for an apartment.
Consider the Location of the Apartment
You first need to consider where the apartment is located. You want to be sure that it is located close enough to the hospital that you and anyone else can get the hospital quickly when needed. Be sure that there is parking nearby, as well so that you do not have to worry about getting parking tickets, as well.
Consider a Furnished Apartment
When you are choosing an apartment, choose a furnished apartment over one that is not furnished. This will allow you and your family to have comfortable furniture to relax on when you can. You also will not have to invest money in furniture that you will have to sell or carry with you when you leave to go back home after your child recovers.
Consider the Size of the Apartment
You need to be sure to choose an apartment that is large enough to accommodate your family and guests. If your child will be in the hospital for an extended period of time, choosing an apartment that has extra beds in it will ensure that other family members can come and visit without having to spend money on a hotel. An apartment with a fully stocked kitchen will also allow you to cook your family and your child a home cooked meal whenever you want.
Consider the Duration of the Rental Agreement
Be specific when discussing the duration of the rental agreement to ensure that the landlord knows that you will not be staying there for very long. You want to be sure that you are able to leave the apartment as soon as your child is feeling better so that he or she can enjoy being at home with the family.
Once you take these things into consideration, you will be able to easily find an apartment to stay in while your child recovers. You want to be sure that you make it very clear to the landlord of the building that you do not know how long you will be staying in the apartment, but that you will give them as much advance notice as possible when you find out that your child will be ready to leave the hospital.