5 Benefits of At-Home Pediatric Care During the Holidays

Posted: 12/6/2021 10:40 AM by Interim HealthCare

As the holidays near, the hustle and bustle of the season is already underway. For most, the holidays are a joyful time filled with parties, events, and family gatherings. But for families with a chronically ill child, this time of year can be exceptionally stressful, especially if they’re faced with an unexpected stay in the hospital or a long-term care facility.
 
Fortunately, there are now many innovative at-home pediatric care options available that allow families to remain together in their homes during the holiday season. Customized treatment plans for many complex and chronic medical conditions can be performed in your own home, providing your child with the high-quality healthcare they need in the most comfortable environment possible. This level of compassionate expert healthcare gives families peace of mind throughout the year, but especially during the holidays, and allows families to enjoy their time together away from the distractions of a hospital or cold, clinical setting.

Benefit #1: Convenience

With typical hospital-based care, a family may feel stretched thin with one parent at the hospital with their ill child and the other parent tending to the needs of busy siblings at home. Depending on the particular condition your child has been diagnosed with, a hospital stay could last days or weeks, and in some cases, your child may be hospitalized out of town. Besides the strain this places on parents that can’t be in two places at once, there is an added stress that comes with missing work. No matter how hard you try to prevent it, your children will likely start to experience stress, too. This is especially true around the holiday season when anxiety and stress for everyone can be at an all-time high.

With at-home pediatric care, your care team comes to you, and your family is able to stay in one place. A professional team of pediatric practitioners will work around your family’s busy schedule and will visit your child in your home overseeing their comfort and health throughout the process. Instead of spending your days apart, your time can be spent at home enjoying the holidays with friends and family.

Benefit #2: Personalized Attention

When your child is managing a chronic health issue, you want to ensure that they are receiving the specialized care they deserve.

 

When you choose at-home pediatric care, your child is able to receive individualized care and you’re also able to:

  • Ask the team question

  • See the same team every time

  • Listen to your child's needs

  • Ensure you understand the treatment plan for your child

Personalized one-on-one care allows your child to have their care team's full attention for the duration of the visit. This means that all of your, as well as your child's, needs and concerns will be addressed.


Benefit #3: Flexibility

Schedules can become hectic quickly, especially during the busy holiday season. Work, appointments, and daily responsibilities can eat into the time you have set aside for doctor and hospital visits. This can leave you feeling worn out and defeated, leaving you with guilt surrounding the care of your child. However, at-home pediatric care offers a flexible solution.

 

Visits with your care team are planned out according to your schedule, allowing you the flexibility you need to uphold your prior engagements and still ensure your child received the highest quality of care they deserve.


Benefit #4: Familiar Environment

Constantly being in and out of the hospital, as well as seeing new doctors, can put a heavy emotional burden on your child. This can affect their outlook, stress levels, and can even hinder their recovery.

 

Allowing a child to receive treatment in the comfort of their own home can help boost their mental health, by giving them a sense of familiarity. Instead of being in an environment that is overwhelming and potentially frightening to a child, at-home pediatric care allows your child to be treated in a comfortable environment they know and trust.


Benefit #5: Lower Risk of Infection

When you have a child that is dealing with a chronic or severe illness, their immune system will already be weakened. This puts them at a greater risk of contracting other dangerous illnesses. Any time you can prevent the need to go into a hospital, an environment where many viruses are prevalent, it’s certainly a good idea to do so. This is where at-home care comes in.

 

Instead of being in a building full of various illnesses and patients, at-home pediatric care allows your child to be surrounded only by you, other family members, and their care team. This allows your child to receive treatment and begin healing without the worry of contracting another illness.


Being Home Makes a Difference

Studies show that children with access to home healthcare tend to have shorter stays in the hospital. Additionally, children that recover in familiar surroundings tend to have an increased positive mood. The ultimate goal of pediatric home healthcare is to ensure children living with medical complexities have the resources they need to live life to the fullest. Think of it as a high-quality continuum of care that doesn’t stop when you leave the hospital. When you come home from the hospital, your pediatric care team does, too.

 

Learn more about Interim HealthCare’s Pediatric Home Care