Children require special treatment for illness, disease and physical disabilities. They face different physical, mental and emotional challenges than adults. Trinity Health Care provides care geared to their needs.
Our nurses provide in-home care for South Florida patients under 18 years of age following their surgery. This service enables young patients to live in the comfort of their own home instead of at a heath care facility. Our nurses suction and care for the surgical airway to prevent infection and further lung damage.
We also assist children who require ventilators. Simple things like promoting growth, development and socialization can be more difficult for these children. Often times the ventilator care nurse accompanies a child to school and other social activities. Some staff members have treated patients for more than 17 years.
Patient Care for Children
Our nursing staff recognizes that some medical treatments can be scary for a child. They can be frightened by needles and unfamiliar medical procedures. Trinity Health Care Services sends to the home compassionate nurses who consider the child’s feelings when:
- Giving intramuscular and subcutaneous injections, taking care to comfort a child before and afterward to minimize pain and/or shock.
- Starting and maintaining an IV.
- Monitoring vital signs such as blood pressure and pulse by talking the child through every step.
- Changing a child’s colostomy pouch and checking the wound for signs of infections.
- Changing dressings to protect a wound from further trauma so it can heal normally.
- Monitoring blood work and administering medication to diabetic children.
- Providing feedings through a gastrostomy tube and inspecting the incision site for signs of infection.
- Administering and managing prescribed medications.
- Drawing blood for laboratory analysis and reporting results as needed to physicians.
Trinity Health Care’s experienced physical therapists help children regain physical motion and strength as appropriate for patients who have experienced the following symptoms or occurrences:
- Difficulty walking
- Orthopedic surgery
- Brain Injury or loss of mechanical function
The physical therapist also designs treatments based on the child’s interests and age to keep the patient engaged during sessions.
Trauma Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Care
Home care nurses help children and their families cope with a spinal cord injury and adjust to a new living situation. The staff can help caregivers manage household tasks and learn about respite care services.
Trinity home care staff provides care to pediatric patients who have suffered multiple traumas from brain injuries to spinal cord injuries. Home care nurses help children and families adjust to a new living situation and provide recommendations for physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.
All patients are assigned a primary nurse who assists with developing a plan for home care needs.
This service includes educating the patient’s family about Medicaid and Medicare and other programs that help pay for care. A patient’s caregiver can contact the case manager at any time with questions or concerns about services being provided.
Patient and Family Health Education
A Trinity Health Care nurse helps the child and family members understand and cope with the child’s condition and needs. Patients and families are taught how to:
- Identify signs and symptoms of infection so they can reach out for help if needed.
- Understand the physical restrictions associated with a connected IV and an IV pole.
- Change a colostomy bag if necessary and notice the warning signs of infection.
- Perform gastrostomy tube feedings.
- Take a reading and administer insulin and other medications when a nurse isn’t present.
- Make lifestyle changes related to diet and refer them to a professional who can help with dietary restrictions.
- Administer medication when a nurse is not present and educate them about each type of drug or therapy.
Private Duty Nursing
If a caregiver is looking for a nurse to work one on one with a child, private duty nursing is one option.
Trinity Health Care provides skilled and non-skilled private duty nurses who tend solely to the child and regularly provide home care services.