Frequently Asked Questions
Before choosing a care provider for your child or patient, we understand that you may have many questions. We hope that some of these Frequently Asked Questions provide some immediate answers.
If I place my child in a Pediatric Specialty Care community, does that mean I lose custody?
Absolutely not. Parents remain the guardian and can be actively involved in their child’s care. Pediatric Specialty Care is intended to be an extension of your own home.
What type of care will my child receive?
- 24 hour nursing, respiratory care (as required), and appropriate therapies.
- Weekly visits from our Medical Director and monthly assessments by a Pediatric Pulmonologist.
How will I pay for care and services?
Your child’s insurance will provide funding for admission to Pediatric Specialty Care. Our Admissions Team will assist with all the required paperwork.
How quickly can Pediatric Specialty Care facilitate an admission?
Every situation is unique and handled on an individual basis. However, an admission can be completed within 48-72 hours. Emergency admissions are also available on an as needed basis.
What if I don’t live in the same state as the Pediatric Specialty Care community I have selected for my child?
In most instances our admissions team coordinates the transition process to allow your child to benefit from our services.
Can my child still be followed by specialty doctors (i.e. Pulmonary, ENT Cardiology)?
Yes, maintaining a strong continuity of care for your child is one of our goals at Pediatric Specialty Care.
How does my child get to medical appointments?
Pediatric Specialty Care will arrange all appointments and our transport team will bring your child to the doctor’s office with one of our many wheelchair accessible vans or via ambulance if medically necessary.
What if I decide to take my child home? Who will help me coordinate services?
Our medical team will assist with any training needed and will coordinate all equipment, nursing, and school needs.
When can I visit?
Anytime you like! Pediatric Specialty Care has an open door policy for parents/guardians.
Can I call to get an update on my child?
You can call any day and any time that is convenient for you. We will provide you with a special toll-free number.
Can I bring my other children to visit?
We strongly encourage sibling involvement. We request that you talk to our nurse prior to visits regarding immunizations for young children.
What if I do not have reliable transportation?
Most of our locations are easily accessible via public transportation. Our social service staff will help you with transportation information and transfer options.
Will my child receive school services?
Yes, some children may attend school in a local classroom while others may receive services within the Pediatric Specialty Care community.
Will my child be able to participate in any activities outside of Pediatric Specialty Care?
Yes, we strongly encourage community life and coordinate local outings. If your child is too medically compromised, there will still be opportunities for community interaction with visits from volunteers. We also enjoy throwing parties and special events in our Pediatric Specialty Care communities with participation by all!
Please contact Pediatric Specialty Care with any other questions you may have.