Being a parent is a life-changing responsibility that presents both joyful and stressful challenges. If your child has special needs or is living with a medical condition that requires round-the-clock care, the role of parenting can quickly become overwhelming—especially if you have other children in your family to support.
According to the National Organization on Disability, approximately one-fifth of Americans—this includes both adults and children—live with a physical, sensory, or intellectual disability (Special Needs Planning). This means that millions of individuals will have to cope with the costly expenses associated with proving special care to themselves or to a loved one in need.
As a parent, you may struggle to maintain a job, your household, or care for other family members while trying to provide the highest quality care to support your child with special needs. If this scenario sounds like you, it may be time to find out if your child qualifies for pediatric homecare services.
What Are Pediatric Homecare Services?
Pediatric homecare services allow your child to receive the support and quality care he needs, while also giving you a mental and physical break from providing round-the-clock care. This type of homecare service also ensures that rather than living at a facility or hospital setting, your child can remain in the comfort of your home and continue to live with the family.
How to Know if Your Child Qualifies for Pediatric Home Care
- Your child requires constant supervision:
- If your child has medical complications that require nightly monitoring, she may qualify for overnight homecare services.
- If your child needs assistance during school hours, he may be eligible to have a PCA or family caregiver accompany him during school. (Parents are not eligible to become PCA for their children under 18 years of age, but another member of your family may be eligible. Contact Best Home Care for more details!)
- Your child’s condition requires specific or complex medical services. According to healthychildren.org, this applies to your situation if
- Your child requires a ventilator, oxygen, or tube feeding, especially for premature infants or children who have recently suffered physical trauma.
- Your child has complications due to a congenital heart defect or abnormality.
- Your child has limited mobility, cerebral palsy, or suffers from seizures.
- Your child has autism spectrum disorder:
- Respite care services may be available to you if you care for your child who is living with ASD.
To find out if your child qualifies for pediatric homecare services, please contact Best Home Care! Our team is here to guide you through the process and help you find the support and quality homecare your child deserves, so you both can live fuller lives!