Sub-Acute Saratoga
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Activities Department

The goal of the Activities Department is to provide and maintain a high quality of life for our children.  The activity program is designed to allow the children to lead as normal a life as possible while living in a hospital.  Some of the children are admitted for short periods of time, while other children stay until they are 21 years of age.  All activities are designed and adapted to meet the patient’s developmental, physical, and mental abilities.


A typical day for a child who attends school consists of getting up, having breakfast, then going offsite to school.  After school, the children engage in activities that meet their developmental level and interests.  The activities department also helps children with their homework and school projects. 
The Rehabilitation Therapy, Activities, and Respiratory departments work diligently to coordinate outings to allow children to participate and engage in the community. 
Routine Activities

  • Individualized programs to promote developmental well being.
  • Daily activities
  • Weekend activities (movies, shopping, games, and outdoor play)
  • Bedside visits when sick
  • Group and 1:1 activities
  • Pet therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Developmentally appropriate play with daily mat time
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Arts and craft
  • Cooking projects
  • Monitored internet access
  • Age appropriate video games
  • Foster Grandparent Program
Special outings include field trips to:
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Happy Hollow Zoo
  • Vocational Bible School
  • Day camp
  • Summer school
  • Special Olympics
  • Tee ball practices and games
Special events include:
  • Barbecues
  • Onsite jump houses
  • Family celebrations (birthdays, baptisms, etc.)
  • Holiday celebrations
    • Visits from Santa Claus
    • Visits to the Pumpkin Patch
    • Easter Egg Hunts
  • Outdoor Camping
Special Visits from:
  • San Jose / Santa Clara County Fire Departments
  • San Jose Police Department – Mounted Unit (horses)
  • Petting Zoo
  • Brownie Scouts
  • Musicians and other local talents
  • Other community volunteers (Christmas carolers, etc.)