About the Home Care Program
Our mission at Children’s Hospital Home Care is dedicated to providing safe, expert, compassionate services in partnership with our healthcare colleagues, patients and families. We are committed to providing superior patient-centered care and service while supporting our patients and families in attaining their best health outcomes and quality of life at home.
We care for patients from infancy to adulthood who have acute and chronic medical conditions. Young adult patients who have a chronic illness will be followed by Home Care regardless of age, as long as it is medically indicated and the patient is followed by a physician within the CHOP Care Network. Examples of common conditions we help manage are:
- Endocrine conditions such as growth hormone deficiency
- Gastrointestinal conditions including inflammatory bowel diseases
- Hematologic conditions including hemophilia
- Infectious diseases
- Metabolic conditions including enzyme replacement and urea cycle disorder
- Nutritional deficiencies (i.e., failure to thrive and short bowel syndrome)
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Oncologic conditions, including pediatric cancers
- Respiratory conditions such as cystic fibrosis, reactive airway disease and long-term ventilator use
- Rheumatologic conditions including juvenile idiopathic arthritis
Services we offer
Comprehensive services we provide include:
- Home Infusion Therapy Services, including antibiotics and antifungals, anti-emetics, biological modifiers, catheter care, chelation therapy, chemotherapy, colony stimulating factors, enteral nutrition, enzyme replacement/infusions, growth hormone, hemophilia factor, hydration, immunoglobulin therapy, injectable and intravenous medications, milrinone, pain management, parenteral nutrition and other parenteral medications
- Home Health Agency Services, including skilled home health nursing visits, dietitian consultations/visits, and social work consultations/visits
- Respiratory Therapy Services and Home Medical Equipment, including cardiopulmonary assessments; management of ventilators, CPAP, BiPap and oxygen therapy; pulse oximetry and end tidal CO2 monitoring; aerosol and oxygen therapy; as well as home medical equipment – both respiratory-related and durable medical equipment – as well as home patient supplies such as those needed for enteral feeding, wound care and ostomy care.
- Home Care Specialty Pharmacy, which provides personalized patient care, injectable, oral and topical therapies, collaboration with your child’s doctor, regular follow-up, insurance benefits, delivery and 24/7 support
Customized team to meet your child’s needs
Our multidisciplinary team includes more than 75 experienced healthcare professionals who provide an important link in the continuum of care between CHOP and the community. We strive to become the global leader in pediatric home care services by establishing unique care delivery models, adopting new technologies to advance CHOP’s mission and elevating the overall patient experience.
CHOP Home Care is led by Medical Director Mark R. Magnusson, MD, and includes a multidisciplinary team of pediatric experts – many of whom have more than a decade of home care experience.
Your child’s care team may include:
- Clinical Support Coordinators, who support care coordination, patient scheduling and operations
- Distribution team members, including warehouse technicians and drivers, who fulfill patient orders, clean and repair durable medical equipment, as well as deliver supplies to families
- Patient Access Coordinators, who perform new patient intake activities and ongoing care coordination for patients who need enteral feeding and durable medical equipment
- Pharmacy Care Coordinators, who support pharmacy authorizations and care coordination
- Registered Dietitians, who review each child’s nutritional plan, provide dietary recommendations and formula mixing instructions, as well as coordinate care between family and physicians, as needed
- Registered Pharmacists, who review medication orders for dosing and allergies, perform medication reconciliation, provide education to families, create individualized care plans, monitor the child’s response to therapy, and coordinate care between family and physicians
- Registered Nurses, who provide skilled nursing assessments, medication reconciliation and education, create individualized care plans, perform procedures, administer medications and coordinate care between family and physician, as needed
- Registered Respiratory Therapists, who provide skilled cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) assessments and education, create individualized care plans, troubleshoot and evaluate respiratory equipment, as well as coordinate care with your child’s physicians
- Social Workers, who support your family by evaluating social and/or financial needs and connecting you with community resources to enhance your family’s ability to care of your child
CHOP Home Care is accredited by the Joint Commission for Home Health, Home Infusion, Clinical/Consultant Pharmacist, Pharmacy Dispensing Services, Clinical Respiratory Services, and Home Medical Equipment, and certified by Medicare and Medicaid. Children's Hospital Home Care currently serves more than 5,000 patients each year, and have served more than 73,000 patients since 1989.