The respiratory system is very complex, and when functioning properly, it supplies oxygen to our blood, which is distributed throughout the body. With so many ‘moving parts’, however, respiratory disorders are far too common. When children develop a respiratory condition, they can be treated at a medical facility, or parents can opt for in-home pediatric care.
There are several types of respiratory illnesses, and they tend to vary widely in severity and treatment. Some of the most common respiratory conditions include:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Interstitial lung disease
- Acute lung injury
- Sleep apnea
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Children with respiratory conditions face many challenges with these illnesses. The most severe cases can go on for several years; and in such cases, affected individuals often have to work hard just to take another breath. To help their children cope with these conditions, parents are increasing choosing in-home long-term pediatric care because of the potential benefits this option provides.
Why In-home Pediatric Care?
There are several reasons to consider in-home pediatric care from a reputable home health care agency, some of the most important include:
Convenience: Most parents have a hard time getting their children ready and taking them to their medical appointments. This can be especially difficult when dealing with kids who have respiratory disorders, because being on the move all the time can aggravate the condition. With in-home long-term pediatric care, there is no need to bring the child anywhere. All you need to do is have them ready when the health professional arrives. This saves time going to and from appointments, eliminates commuting costs, and vastly reduces the stress involved with treating the child’s condition.
Flexible Scheduling: When you schedule an appointment with a hospital or doctor’s office, there are typically limited slots available. This means you need to plan your week around whatever appointment times you can get. In many cases, this can mean missing days from work, your child potentially missing days from school, and other similar issues. With pediatric home care, appointments are far more flexible; and in general, it is much easier to schedule times that work for you and your child.
Comfortable Environment: Some children with respiratory illnesses have a hard time receiving treatment at a medical facility. Whether it is the difficulty of going to the appointment, the atmosphere inside the hospital or clinic, being isolated from family members, or other factors, such challenges can impede the progress of the treatment. Home is generally the best place for a child with a respiratory disorder to receive care, because it is a familiar environment in which they are comfortable and better able to deal with the challenges related to their condition.
Individualized Care: Inside a facility, health professionals are usually handling several patients at the same time. And with staffing shortages and other burdens on our health care system, staff-to-patient ratios are not getting any better. Care at home is one-on-one care meaning just the health professional and your child. This allows your child to receive the personalized care he/she deserves without having to compete with several other kids for attention.