Tips For Helping Children Adjust To In-Home Care


If you have a child that needs ongoing medical care, you might choose to have that care happen in your own home. Physical therapy or nursing services can meet with children in their homes when they have unhealthy immune systems or significant impairments that make traveling to appointments more challenging. There are some things you can do to make your child more comfortable with the care in-home providers give. Here are some tips to make the visits go as smoothly as possible. 

1. Stay consistent.

Children are more sensitive to schedule changes and upheaval. Try to stay consistent with your child's care. If in-home care must come regularly, schedule it for the same time of day each time. This means your child can have a more predictable schedule, such as hours of the day for play, for school (even if it is home school), and for sleep and meals. 

2. Keep visits as streamlined as possible.

With consistency should come efficiency. Your child might get tired of always having to make time for medical things, instead of being to do things that they enjoy. You can help streamline visits by keeping equipment clean and in the same place, by keeping rooms clean to make it easier for in-home services to access what they need, and by talking to your child about cooperating so that the care procedures can be done quickly. 

3. Listen to feedback from your child.

Your child might not enjoy constant care and they will likely tell you so. However, you should listen to feedback to help make the most of your care. For example, if you try giving care in the evening but your child says they struggle to get through it because they are tired, you might try making morning therapy an option instead. 

4. Enforce rules about safety. 

Children are curious, and as a result, they can get into trouble. Even though your child will get used to having home care providers there, you still need to create boundaries about touching and taking medications, using medical instruments, or doing certain tasks without supervision. For example, if your child has limited mobility, they should always have adult supervision when they want to try moving on their own. Also, you might always want another adult present in the room during medical treatments for their safety and for the safety of the care provider.

For more information, contact an in-home care provider.


5 February 2020

improving home health care by improving communication and organization

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