Thanks to some amazing advances in medical technology and in-home care, children who rely on technology such as respirators and feeding tubes for their long-term care, and who once would have had to remain in a care facility to receive this type of care, can now receive care in the comfort of home. While this is a great step for families, caring for technology-dependent children at home can still be quite challenging.
If you are caring for a technology-dependent child at home, the following should be part of your child’s care plan:
Children with technology-dependent care needs often experience frequent and sometimes lengthy hospitalizations. When the child is discharged from the hospital or other care facility, it is important for the family and care team to be prepared for the transition and that pediatric providers have a coordinated plan of care in place that addresses the child’s ongoing health care needs. A home care agency can help prepare the home for the child, as well as implement the child’s care plan and follow up with physicians if any health issues arise.
Daily care for a loved one can be draining both physically and emotionally for the caregiver. It is vital to the caregiver’s health that he or she make time for rest, exercise, and a healthy social life in order to remain the best family caregiver he or she can be. Utilize professional home care agencies, like Genacta In-Home Care of Alaska, when you need some time away from your caregiving duties.
No matter how prepared you feel, you will need support from time to time. Make sure to gather lists of support services, including transportation services, specialized health care services, home medical equipment companies, etc., that are available to you in your community, along with important phone numbers for backup professional services you can contact should an emergency arise. When the need for support services arises, you will likely not have the time or energy to hunt for numbers and contacts, so get these items before you leave the hospital and make sure that they are available to all caregivers.
Caring for a loved one is both a blessing and a challenge. In order for families of children with complex medical issues to manage well and stay strong, it is important to have a strong support system in place. Genacta In-Home Care can help provide many of the support services that your family will need along your care journey. Contact us to learn more about our caregivers and home care services.
Some Alaska children with mental and physical disabilities may need some help at home in order to live safely and independently day to day. If you have a loved one in Alaska in need of care assistance, contact Genacta In-Home Care at 907-644-7952 or 888-644-7952 to learn more about our services.
Genacta provides Alaska’s Best In-Home Care provider for seniors and mentally or physically disabled individuals. Our list of services include Intellectual Development Disability, Care Coordination and Case Management, Dementia Care, Alzheimer Care, In-Home Health Care, Group Home Services, In-Home Supported Living, Residential Care, Respite Care and Supported Employment. We are conveniently located in Anchorage, Alaska; Wasilla Alaska and Soldotna Alaska.