Planning and Treatment
Home Health begins to plan for your child's in-home treatment before he is discharged. A home health staff member works with doctors throughout a patient's stay to determine if he needs in-home care after he goes home. They evaluate the equipment he will need and the medication he will be taking at home to determine if home health care will benefit him. They then create a special plan for your child and family and will arrange a visit with you at home. These services may include follow-up care for wounds, monitoring cystic fibrosis medication, infusion services and helping with your child's use of medical equipment like oxygen tanks and CPAP machines for sleep apnea.
Home Health serves 16 counties in the greater East Tennessee region. The East Tennessee Children's Hospital Home Health office is located at 11227 W Point Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934.
The home health team can include:
- Respiratory practitioners
- Social workers
- Registered nurses
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Speech therapists
Visits from Home Health Staff
During home visits, the Home Health Staff can help you in the following ways:
- Assessing your child's condition
- Answering parenting questions
- Answering equipment questions
- Scheduling therapy
- Instructing you on your child's home care needs
- Planning nutrition
- Administering medication or providing other treatment
- Coordinating social services
- Obtaining lab work
From 2012-2013, Home Health staff completed more than 21,800 visits to patients' homes. Our nurses and Home Health staff only take care of infants, children and adolescents. They are well-trained to provide care so that children can be with their families as they receive expert medical attention. The specialty does not employ new graduates, so all staff have had real-world experience with pediatric care before treating your child.