Parents of medically fragile children often struggle to obtain the care their child needs. Bringing their children to and from doctor appointments and hospital visits can be very costly not only financially, but for the child, physically and emotionally as well. Extended hospital stays are especially difficult for the children as they are separated from other family members. There is an emerging solution that a growing number of parents are turning to in order to help address these concerns, in-home pediatric care.
In-home long-term pediatric care is one of the best-kept secrets in childcare today. Parents of medically fragile children who opt for in-home care are often very pleased with the results. The ability to receive care for their children in the comfort of their own home has a strong positive impact on everyone involved, and it gives children with medical challenges a greater sense of normalcy.
In-home pediatric care is an option that can effectively treat a wide range of health conditions. Some of the most common include:
- Children Born Prematurely
- Neurological Disorders
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Respiratory Disorders
- Cardiovascular Conditions
- Skin and Blood Disorders
- Infectious Diseases
- Children who Depend Heavily on Feeding Tubes or Respirators
The Benefits of Pediatric Care at Home
There are pros and cons to both in-home care and care in a medical facility. In cases with children who have more severe conditions, the health care team may recommend that the child receive care in a facility, so he/she has easier access to the most advanced equipment and resources (when necessary). In most other cases, however, in-home pediatric care is a heavily preferred option for parents who are aware of it and have access to it.
There are several ways in-home care can help medically fragile children and their loved ones:
Convenience: At-home pediatric care is more convenient for everyone involved. Rather than having to get the child up drive them to and from medical visits, the health professional comes to you. This saves enormous amounts of time as well as travel costs. And in cases of extended hospital stays that are switched to the in-home option, it may also save the cost of parents renting a motel/hotel or short-term housing to stay close to their child.
Customization: In a hospital setting, there are several children in the same area being treated for various conditions. This typically means one nurse or other professional taking care of several children at the same time. With at-home care, your child receives personal one-on-one care. In addition, the treatment plan is customized around the specific needs of the child, so the family does not pay for services they do not need.
Comfort: For medically fragile children, leaving their home and staying in a facility among people they are not familiar with can be very stressful. When the care setting is transferred to the home, the child is in a much more comfortable environment, which makes them feel safer and more secure. This can often have a strong positive impact on the effectiveness of the treatment.
Cohesiveness: For the child and his/her loved ones, it is important to be together more often, so they can bond as a family. This is made possible through the in-home treatment option. Parents, siblings, and other family members are able to be with the child on a regular basis, building a stronger connection and giving the child a chance to experience a greater quality of life.