Transitional Care for Children with Chronic Conditions
A child with a chronic or complex medical condition spends a lot of his or her life in medical facilities and hospitals. According to Ellen Roy Elias, MD, Nancy A. Murphy, MD, and the Council on Children with Disabilities, “Children and youth with complex medical issues, especially those with technology dependencies, experience frequent and often lengthy hospitalizations.”
Hospital discharges for children with complex medical issues can be complicated, and helping the child better transition from hospital to in-home care requires a special, coordinated effort. The following steps can help your child have a smooth transition when being discharged from the hospital.
- Contact a qualified home care agency, like Genacta In-Home Care, prior to discharge to ensure that home care can begin immediately.
- Evaluate the home to ensure that bathroom and living areas are accessible for the child.
- Ensure all medications and medical equipment and supplies are ordered and available.
- Arrange follow-up visits with the child’s care provider.
- Ensure optimal nutrition based on the child’s feeding tolerance. Genacta’s caregivers can work closely with physicians to ensure the child has healthy meals planned and prepared each day.
- Update medication lists for the caregivers with clear instructions for dosing and administration.
- Monitor skin conditions to prevent ulcers, particularly in children with reduced mobility.
- Monitor for device-related complications in children with pacemakers, ventriculoperitoneal shunts, intravascular catheters, colostomies, or other devices.
Caring for children with complex medical issues can be challenging, but also very rewarding. At Genacta In-Home Care, we are passionate about helping children remain safe and as comfortable as possible at home, as well as helping parents and loved ones provide the best care for their child. Contact us to learn more about our in-home care and personal care assistance services for children with complex medical issues.