There are tens of thousands of children in the United States who are medically fragile and in need of foster care. Many children struggle with medical complications because of the drug use of their parents, while many parents are unable to care for their children who are born with medical problems. If you are currently providing foster care for medically fragile children, there is a wealth of healthcare resources, professionals, and information at your fingertips. Professional Pediatric Home Care provides much-needed pediatric nursing, therapy and behavioral therapy (ABA) care in your own home.
Pediatric Therapy and Nursing Provided in the Home
We have experienced healthcare resources and professionals available to help parents providing foster care to medically fragile children. Caring for a child with medical needs is more than a full-time job, and getting support is beneficial to both parents and foster children. For example, studies have shown that early intervention with therapy and ABA therapy in a child’s life can be extremely beneficial. PPHC provides therapy, nursing, and behavioral professionals to assist in working with parents who foster medically fragile children. This includes:
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Autism / ABA Therapy
- Parent CNA Program
All these services are provided in the home, which means children can stay in a safe, secure environment, while parents fostering medically fragile children can get the support and expertise they need.
An Interview with a Parent and Foster Parent to Medically Fragile Children
Here at PPHC, we work with many parents who are fostering medically fragile children. We spoke with one such parent, Jamie, who answered some questions about how collaboration with PPHC has helped her family. Jamie worked in a medical treatment center for 7 years, and “fell in love with the special needs population.” She decided to get her nursing degree, and then felt called to foster medically fragile children. Since then, “we have adopted four. It is incredible. If it’s what you love to do, it feels like you’re never working.” Using the many resources available from PPHC for parents fostering medically fragile children is extremely helpful. “PPHC is phenomenal: They have been a great resource when it comes to listening. We’ve had some really great nurses here. They are super supportive with anything I’ve ever called about.” This support is crucial, because “medically fostering, it’s basically a 24-hour job. Professional Pediatric Home care works with us to make sure we are covered when we leave town.”
Learn More about Healthcare Services Available for Families Medically Fostering Children in Colorado
If you would like to learn more about the resources, therapists, nursing, and other professionals available to parents who medically foster children, contact us at PPHC. We also offer parents the opportunity to participate in a Certified Nursing Program (CNA). This program allows qualified parents and relatives to receive training to become a paid caregiver for their medically fragile child. Contact us to learn more about the pediatric healthcare services and support we provide to Colorado families