Core Principles for Family Centered Care, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
The American Academy of Pediatrics has assembled a baseline of core principles for family-centered care, which includes in-home childhood care. A family-centered approach finds its roots in a collaboration between families, physicians, patients, and other healthcare professionals. This includes the planning, education, evaluation, and delivery of methods to help everyone live a healthy life. The following principles are followed in these relationships:
Listening to each child and respecting the family as a whole
Flexibility in organizing care, procedures, and practices to create services tailored to specific families
Sharing complete information with all families continuously and in ways each family can understand
Providing informal support for each family member throughout all treatment processes
Collaboration with families throughout all levels, from education to childhood milestones to community support.
Giving a voice to families in research and participation in research
Recognizing individual strengths in children and building on those strengths
These core principles outline how many in-home healthcare pediatric professionals conduct the process of caring for a child. Professionals will help the family as a unit, as the family is the most important part of a child’s life. In-home care moves beyond a nurse coming into the home to include the emotional and spiritual aspects of a childhood illness. Many families are confused, don’t know where to start with help, are wondering why this is happening to them, and need help beyond basic medical needs. The Vancouver Home Health Care Agency can help with questions, coordinating care, and bringing professionals into the home to keep children as comfortable as possible.
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