January 22, 2015
If you have a child with special needs, you may be in need of in-home pediatric private duty nursing.
Pediatric private duty nursing is an option available for infants, children and young adults with special needs that require round-the-clock care.
With private duty nursing, services are provided in your home by a registered nurse (RN), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), or a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
If you’ve never had a nurse in your home, you may wonder what it will be like.
At Epic, our process for assigning a nurse to a particular family begins the moment the patient is admitted.
Upon admission, we ask his or her family what they are looking for in a nurse and when possible, we arrange a meet and greet with the family and nurse to ensure everyone is comfortable with each other.
“We remind the families that it is their home and we want them to be comfortable,” said Lorenzo Argote, executive director with Epic’s Beaumont office. “Our patients and their families come first and we want to ensure the highest level of customer service possible.”
Private duty nurses work in shifts, with each shift depending on the needs of the patients. At Epic, shifts can range anywhere from 6-16 hours depending on the patient’s specific needs.
A child that requires round-the-clock care typically has anywhere from 5-7 nurses assigned to their home each day.
Epic nurses can also provide care in school if the child is enrolled. For these scenarios, Epic must receive an agreement from the school to provide the care. Nurses are also available to take patients to therapy sessions if all waivers are signed.
Nurses work closely with each family to develop an environment that nourishes the physical and mental development of each child and supports the entire family.
Our nurses provide services for infants, children and young adults with the following conditions:
- Ventilator dependent
- Respiratory diseases / disorders
- Gastrointestinal disorders / Gastrostomies
- IV therapies
- Organ transplants
- Neurological disorders
- Chromosomal abnormalities
- Cardiac anomalies
- Endocrine diseases / disorders
- Quadriplegic / Paraplegic
- Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita
- Mitochondrial disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
If your child requires both nursing and therapy services, our nurses and therapists work as a team to ensure the implementation of a thorough, well-coordinated plan of care.
For more information about our pediatric private duty nursing services, contact a branch near you.