In January, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities approved the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities (HLCCD) in Mantua, Ohio, as a pediatric ventilator care provider. The pediatric ventilator program cares for children with developmental disabilities dependent on mechanical ventilation. It maximizes quality of life and eases the transition from hospital to home.
“We are so pleased to offer this program to those who need it,” said Hattie Larlham Vice President of Center and Group Home Services Lori Oliver, Ph.D. “The environment is appropriate for patients who no longer need hospital care, but are not yet ready to go home.”
Prior to Hattie Larlham’s pediatric ventilator program, children and their families spent unnecessary time and costs in costly hospitals. The pediatric ventilator program allows children with developmental disabilities to be in a home-like setting. They can participate in HLCCD activities with peers which include attending school, physical and speech therapy, Hattie’s Creative Arts, swimming and sensory exploration.
Hospitalized patients are referred to Hattie Larlham based on specific criteria. Hattie Larlham staff perform an assessment to determine if the pediatric ventilator program meets the patient’s needs. Once approved, the patient receives care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Hattie Larlham’s experienced medical team.
When the patient is ready to return home, families and caregivers receive individualized training from nurses, therapists and respiratory care providers to facilitate a safe transition.
Hattie Larlham admitted its first pediatric ventilator program patient in January. The program is staffed to care for up to six children, depending on availability.
To learn more about Hattie Larlham’s pediatric ventilator program or to make a referral, contact Lori Oliver, Ph.D., at (330) 274-2272, ext. 3018.
About Hattie Larlham
Established in 1961, Hattie Larlham is a non-profit organization that provides services to 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Hattie Larlham inspires people with disabilities and their families to dream and achieve through the medical, residential, work training and recreational services the organization offers. For more information, visit www.hattielarlham.org.
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