Some of the best healing happens at home
Home is where the heart is. So, at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we work tirelessly to help kids heal and head home sooner. One way we do that is through our home care program.
After a hospital stay, your child may still require sophisticated medical care such as injections, intravenous antibiotics, dressing changes, feeding tubes and more. Children’s home care program allows kids to receive these services not at a hospital bedside, but at home with their families. Instead of staying in the hospital for the full course of these treatments — which can last weeks or months — your child can sometimes return home if their medical condition is stable. A registered nurse – who has received specialized training in pediatrics – will regularly visit your home to provide necessary care to your child and perform tests.
Education is also a big part of a home care nurses’ role. When appropriate, the nurse can teach you how to administer certain care to your child on your own. But don’t worry, you and your child won’t have to go it alone — the nurse is always available to answer any questions or provide assistance.
Children’s home care program is unique
Here’s what makes Children’s home care program uniquely qualified to help your child:
- From tots to teens. Children’s home care provides services to children from birth to age 21. Each year our home care program cares for more than 1,650 children, totaling nearly 11,000 home visits.
- Continuity of care. By having our nurses and physicians document everything about your child’s care in one place, we’re able to arm all the clinical players with the knowledge they need to care for your child successfully.
- Nothing gets lost in translation. More than 1,300 of these visits are to non-English speaking families. We team up with interpreters who speak a combined total of 15 different languages.
- Serving all seven counties. We deliver home care services throughout the seven-county metropolitan area (Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, Scott, Washington and Carver) within a 30-mile radius from Children’s – St. Paul and Children’s – Minneapolis.
- Certified care. Our home care program is Medicare-certified and licensed by the state of Minnesota.
- Thumbs up from The Joint Commission. Children’s home care program has also earned accreditation from The Joint Commission – the organization that accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. This means we’ve met the highest standards in delivering home care services.