Pediatric Home Care

Expert Home Care for Children with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities

Loyola Medicine’s pediatric home care program, a component of the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital at Loyola University Medical Center, provides home care services for children experiencing a wide range of conditions, disabilities and chronic diseases, including:

  • AIDS/HIV
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Birth injury
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cognitive disorder
  • Developmental disability
  • Feeding problems
  • Hemophilia

Your child’s doctor will work with a home care specialist to create a treatment plan that’s customized to meet your child’s unique needs. Our experienced pediatric nurses and home health aides offer support and symptom management while helping children with day-to-day personal care. We’ll oversee your child’s medications and teach you how to participate in your child’s care. Your child will benefit from receiving care in the familiar setting of his or her home, which can prevent frequent hospitalizations.

Why Choose Loyola for Home Care?

Loyola’s experienced home care nurses and home health aides have received specialized training that focuses on the needs of children. We are dedicated to providing world-class care for children, treating the whole person—mind, body and spirit.

As part of the in-home care provided to pediatric patients, Loyola’s home care nurses offer a wide range of infusion pharmacy services. Learn more about our specialized home care services.

What Services are Available with Home Care?

Loyola’s home care team includes skilled nurses, home health aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers and speech language pathologists. We will offer companionship and help with grooming, bathing and dressing. We also offer expert care for patients needing infusion services, which may include administering fluids, medication or nutrients.

Depending on the needs of the child receiving home care, a family may require private duty (long-term) nursing care or intermittent (short-term) nursing and respite care to give parents a break from caregiving. Loyola’s home care team offers a variety of services, including:

Loyola’s specialized home infusion pharmacy program involves a team of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and nurse providers who offer the following treatments:

  • Antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal medications
  • Cardiovascular care, including inotropic agents
  • Central line catheter management
  • Chelation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Colony stimulating factor to promote growth of white blood cells
  • Hydration therapy
  • Injectable steroids
  • Inotropic therapies
  • Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG)
  • Immunosuppressive therapies
  • Parenteral nutrition (feeding a child intravenously)​

Home-based hospice and palliative care services are available for children with life-limiting illnesses. Loyola’s home care specialists also help families with a wide range of home medical equipment, including hospital beds, oxygen, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) and wheelchairs.

Ongoing Emotional and Physical Support for Pediatric Patients

Loyola’s experienced home care team collaborates with specialized programs to provide exceptional care for your child, including:

  • Pediatric hospice care — Our palliative care program focuses on patients who are at the end of life and no longer receiving curative treatments. Learn more about pediatric hospice care.
     
  • Pediatric palliative care — Our experienced team helps manage the symptoms of chronic or life-threatening health conditions. We improve patients’ lives by managing pain and other symptoms, such as nausea, constipation, drowsiness or dry mouth. Learn more about pediatric palliative care.