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Respite care for medically fragile children

Also known as: respite and short stay program

Caring for a child with complex medical needs is a 24-hour commitment. That’s why we offer help for families meeting the challenge.

The Center for Medically Fragile Children at Providence Child Center provides 24-hour nursing care for children with complex medical needs in a home-like environment. Respite care for medically fragile children is available for families who need help for a variety of reasons, such as illness, birth of a sibling, moving, and vacation. Many families routinely use our respite program and refer to the center as camp.

Whether you need a break from daily care, help during a major transition or specialized medical management, our short-stay services provide relief and support.

Respite care
Sometimes life’s events require a family’s full attention: the birth of another child, a household move or simply a break when caregivers can rejuvenate. During these times, our staff and volunteers can provide compassionate, around-the-clock care for your child or teenager.

Medical management
When children need special medical attention, our team-based care involves pediatric-skilled nurses, therapists and outside specialty physicians to manage symptoms, treat post-surgical pain, monitor medications, conduct physical therapy and provide specialized feeding.

Transitional care
New caregivers—or those whose roles have changed due to a child’s illness, accident, surgery or diagnosis—may stay in a special apartment on site while receiving care training from our expert staff.

End-of-life care
During this very difficult time, the center offers compassionate care to terminally ill children, as well as emotional and spiritual support for the entire family, including arranging hospice consultation if needed.

Admission
The Respite and Short Stay Program serves youths from birth to age 20 with limited mobility. A 13-day minimum stay is required, and admission includes an individual medical assessment. We encourage families to call  us and come in for a tour of our facility. Our goal is to support families of children with complex medical needs by providing a short-term alternative for the care of their child.

Payment
Payment for medical management services, transitional care and end-of-life care depends upon the child’s private insurance or Medicaid coverage. Respite care is excluded by most insurance companies and is typically paid privately or by Medicaid.

For questions, contact Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children, or call 503-215-2400.