At the Pediatric Specialty Hospital, parents and caregivers are part of their child’s caregiving team, alongside our medical staff. An individual treatment plan is developed with family input for every child and is updated throughout the child’s stay.
Each hospital unit is staffed with a low nurse to patient ratio, allowing the nursing staff time to educate parents with hands-on training, while providing high-quality medical care to the child. Our goal is to help parents become confident caregivers to their child before transitioning to home. We strongly encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s care, knowing that the nurses are there to guide and support them 24/7. Participation may include education, hands-on training, bathing, giving medicine, feeding, and any other kind of care that is unique to their child.
Families have the option of staying overnight at The Children’s Home while their child is at the Pediatric Specialty Hospital. We call this nesting. We offer nesting at the bedside in some of our private patient rooms, or families can stay overnight in one of the private bedrooms in the Lemieux Family Center.
In addition to saving travel time, we believe that nesting helps families feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed in a place where they can care for, nurture, and spend time with their child.
Lemieux Family Center
The Lemieux Family Center is designed to be a home away from home. Families are given the opportunity to spend one or more nights in a private bedroom with their child. While nesting, families can practice providing care on their own. Each room is equipped with an emergency call system to provide families with the security of knowing that help from our medical team is available within seconds if needed.
The Lemieux Family Center includes:
- 8 private bedrooms
- 2 full kitchens
- 2 living and dining areas
- bathrooms with spacious showers
- free laundry
- Austin’s Playroom
- outdoor playground
In addition to the Lemieux Family Center, there are many other family spaces throughout the facility, both indoors and outdoors. These family spaces are available for private time, play time, and to make families stays more comfortable.
Families at The Children’s Home enjoy:
- 24/7 visitation for parents, siblings, family members, and visitors
- Free overnight stays on-site with access to full kitchen, living room, dining area and laundry
- Free on-site parking
- Quiet and comfortable patient areas
- Incredible outdoor space with accessible playground, garden, gazebo and walking path
- Free WiFi throughout facility
- Televisions and Xboxs in private rooms
- Public computers and movie, game, and laptop lending
All services and amenities, including family overnight stays, are covered by your insurance or provided free by The Children’s Home.
From the time of admission, our Discharge Case Manager and Medical Team work closely with families to plan for the patient’s discharge from the Pediatric Specialty Hospital and a detailed discharge plan is developed for every child. Parents and caregivers help decide what milestones guide their child’s plan and can share with our staff a care schedule that will work for them at home.
The discharge plan helps ensure that all necessary care and support services – including equipment, home care nursing, and medications – are in place. Comprehensive discharge planning also includes: meeting with home health providers; scheduling all follow up appointments with doctors, therapists and other professionals; completing a care schedule that is feasible for families to manage at home; and help in locating other needed resources.