Adaptive Summertime Fun

July 25, 2017

summertime fun

It’s July, it’s hot, and it’s likely that you’re trying to find fun ways to spend your summertime days with your children. Don’t let their special needs hold you back from sharing your favorite summer activities. We’ve compiled summertime bucket list to help you keep the good times rolling this season. Summertime eats and treats are a delicious way to bond with your child. Watermelon, popsicles, slushies, and more – now is a great time to introduce your kids to your favorite hot weather food and beverages. If your kids have dietary restrictions, there are countless online resources like the…Read More

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The Gift of Gratitude for Nurses

May 13, 2017

Thank a Nurse

It’s Nurses Week – have you thanked yours lately? Nurses carry life-dependent responsibilities on their shoulders and all too often their efforts go unrecognized. We’d like to use today’s blog to help you show appreciation to the well-deserving care provider in your or your child’s life. Tell them Appreciation is good for the soul and a sincere verbal “thank you” can make anyone’s day. To show your gratitude, you could tell your nurse how much you value their work, recognize the care they provide, and/or remind them of the progress you guys have made together. What a kind and meaningful…Read More

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Nurses Go Beyond the Call of Duty

May 8, 2017

nurse team

The role of a nursing professional is a labor of love to be celebrated! From dispensing medicine, treating wounds, and monitoring patient vital signs, nurses keep patients alive and help them thrive. While they successfully manage all of the aforementioned responsibilities, Epic home health nurses go far beyond their call of duty.  We’d like you to join us in recognition and appreciation of these individuals who do so much for the Epic family. Your nurse becomes your family’s friend. Our nurses often become an extension of the family when caring for our pediatric patients. Spending weeks, months, and years with…Read More

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5 Community Service Projects Your Family Can Do

February 28, 2017

community service

Community Service: A Family Activity Working together in the service of others can be an amazing way to bond as a family. Community service projects can help to teach your children about humility and kindness. Sometimes, it can be difficult to find time for these activities amidst the hustle and bustle of family life. The key is to choose a project and commit to it. Put it in your calendar like any other important appointment. When the time comes, you’ll be glad your family committed to spending time together in service of others. Here are a few projects you can…Read More

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Guide to Halloween Pt. 2: Treats for Kids with Feeding Tubes

October 24, 2016

Halloween Feeding Tube Treats

Halloween is a dream holiday for many kids. All the candy you can eat? What’s not to love?! However, if your child is on a feeding tube or has specific food allergies, Halloween is a very different scenario. This may complicate things, but there is hope! Organizations like Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) have created the Teal Pumpkin Project® to help find non-food treats to make Halloween fun for everyone. Teal Pumpkin Project® The orange pumpkin is the signature icon of Halloween. It’s seen outside of almost every house. But have you ever seen a teal pumpkin and thought,…Read More

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Fact vs. Fiction: Down syndrome

October 17, 2016

down syndrome awareness

Knowledge and understanding of Down syndrome has come a long way. The first confirmed case of the disorder was found in a person who lived about 1,500 years ago and it wasn’t accurately identified until 1866. Despite all we know about its causes, risk factors, and the wonderful people who live full lives with it, many myths still surround Down syndrome. Here are a few of those myths and the facts that bust them: Fiction: Life with Down syndrome is sad Fact: People with Down syndrome can live full, productive, and happy lives. Parents of children with Down syndrome often…Read More

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Back to School – Feeding Tube Planning

September 1, 2016

Tube Feeding

It’s September, and kids are back in school! For children with a feeding tube, there are some important and necessary steps to take to ensure that their feedings are accomplished at school.  Here are some of the steps to plan for: Obtain the needed documentation All school districts require a signed doctor’s order and dietitian’s note specifying the child’s tube feeding plan and needs.  If your child has an IEP (Individualized Education Plan), you would want to make sure any accommodations that need to be made around their feeding or tube care are specified in it. Train the teacher, school…Read More

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Hydration and the Body

August 30, 2016

Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated This Summer! Every cell and every organ in your body need to be hydrated to work efficiently. To keep up our body’s high demand for water, we must constantly replace the water that is eliminated on a daily basis. How much water is necessary to keep our bodies working properly and to its fullest potential? The amount varies by weight, age, physical activity as well as the individual’s state of health.  View the chart below for a quick guide on about how much water children should be drinking every day. The Science Behind It The total daily adequate…Read More

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