When you have an ailing child, there are many challenges, particularly when transitioning from a hospital to home. You understandably want to give your child the best possible care, but you can’t do it all by yourself. A good remedy for the anxiety you feel is reaching out to a home care provider and coordinating with them on a sound plan.
Pediatric Home Services: An overview
Home caregivers aren’t just for the aging. However, if you look back about 25 years, the idea of in-home health services with children really didn’t exist. This is doubly true for organizations that tailored their work to suit complex medical situations.
Now, as pediatric home care develops, there are serious hurdles to overcome. Many people face insurers who restrict coverage and benefits. Then, there’s a shortage of nurses with pediatric experience who clearly understand how to integrate professional, high-quality caregiving into the home.
Our team at Aurora Home Care serving Philadelphia, we feel the key to success personally and professionally is communication. Home care for our children is only one facet of many requiring a remedy in the US medical services.
Creating the best Conditions
It may seem obvious, but pediatric home care requires a wide range of services. Our professional’s goal is to explain the ones that apply to your child in order to assist with and monitor daily living activities. From there, the next step is creating a comprehensive care plan.
The education of the family as a whole provides a sense of comfort. You’re not on the outside looking in.
Preparing your Home
Things are different. There are little things all around the house that could be problematic for your child, and you may need additions to your interior for mobility and safety. How do you prepare?
- Ask questions. The trained personnel in our Pediatric Services department have a wealth of information. If you’re worried, feel uncertain, or confused we can offer reliable answers.
- Get training. As your child’s physician and their social worker about where you can get training specific to your child’s needs. A lot of organizations offer free teaching, so take advantage of it. You’ll feel more confident during those times when your home aide is not on site.
- Work with your insurance company. Find out who they use for durable medical equipment or specialists you may need to see in the future. Keep the list handy. Slogging through the information takes a little time, but you can do it once and do it right.
- Become a team. Meet with your aides or nurses on a regular basis. Develop a dialogue (you are building important relationships).
- Labels, instructions, medications, and emergency numbers. Label everything. If an item is unusual, make sure you have instructions at the ready. Keep an up-to-date list of all medications (you’ll be asked for this a lot). Finally, provide a list of emergency numbers. If person A doesn’t answer, move on to person B.
Tip: Keep a three-ring binder with sheet protectors with any information someone may need to help your child in your absence. Keep an electronic copy too, just in case.
Keeping it Real
More and more children are relying on home-based health care than ever before. When yours is one of them, the importance of having a dependable, compassionate service provider cannot be overstressed. If you’re in the Feasterville, Wyomissing, or Lancaster, PA area, contact us and see the difference Aurora at Home makes. Email any time: firstname.lastname@example.org