When a child is born with complex medical and developmental needs, a family can easily be overwhelmed by the realities of providing round-the-clock care at home:
- Arranging for at-home nursing support
- Securing comprehensive therapy services
- Understanding and using high-tech medical equipment
- Maintaining family life for siblings
- Attending to the physical and emotional health of family caregivers
Sometimes a family needs some time to adjust and to prepare.
With successful transition from hospital to home as our goal, Cedarcrest Centerís Infant/ Toddler Program provides a transitional care option for families of young children who require intensive nursing support. Infants and toddlers diagnosed as high-risk can continue to stabilize medically and progress developmentally in an out-of-hospital, home-like setting.
Children in our Infant/Toddler Program may have respiratory complications or be at-risk for developmental delay because of extreme prematurity. They may have been born with vision, hearing or other neurological impairments, or orthopedic deformities. They may have tracheostomies or gastrostomies, or require ventilator or other high-tech support. Cedarcrest Center is the only intermediate care facility in New Hampshire licensed to provide comprehensive medical services for children under the age of three.
When we admit a child to our Infant/Toddler Program, we complete comprehensive evaluations to identify strengths and abilities across a number of developmental parameters. We then prepare a Total Plan of Care to assist in ongoing diagnosis and treatment.
Our Infant/Toddler Program formally integrates physical, occupational and communication therapies with age-appropriate developmental activities focused on social and emotional relationships, cognitive skills and adaptive behaviors. As part of the transition process, we also provide families extensive training for a childís special care needs, including feeding and respiratory treatments.