Celebrating Over 25 Years of Service
Founded over twenty five years ago on the belief that many institutionalized children could benefit greatly from highly skilled in-home nursing, we’ve been at the forefront of a nationwide movement here at Continuum Pediatric Nursing that recognizes that for many young patients, the nurturing support of family and familiar surroundings is critical to their long-term emotional and physical well-being.
Today, Continuum is one of the nation’s leading pediatric home health agencies, comprised of the most accomplished team of highly skilled medical professionals offering an alternative to hospital or long term nursing facility care.
We are still privately owned and nurse managed – with no shareholders or investors we answer only to our patients and their families. We are best known as an innovator in Private Duty Skilled Nursing, which is shift-based nursing care in the home and school settings under the orders of your physician. Through our many years of experience, we have refined the process of hiring, training and managing our team of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who in turn help our patients live more independently with a higher quality of life. We accomplish this with an eye toward a safer home environment, decreased emergency room visits, reduced hospital admissions, fewer unnecessary calls to physicians and lower healthcare costs. Most importantly, we deliver care with compassion and understanding from the heart, leading to better outcomes with a minimum of disruption to the lives of our patients and their families.
Typical Diagnoses, Syndromes and Treatment Protocols
In addition, we provide CASE MANAGEMENT services for home-bound patients including coordination of BENEFITS, PHARMACY and HOME MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. We work with families, discharge planners and insurance representatives to ensure not only a successful outcome, but also a less stressful provision of care in the home.
The goals of each Continuum Pediatric Home Care Team are to:
Normalize the life of the child in the family home, school and community.
Minimize the impact of the child’s unique condition and foster maximal growth and development.
Develop realistic, functional and coordinated home care plans for the children and families.
Respect the roles of the families in the care of their children.
The real “secret” to our success goes beyond our clinical expertise.
We recognize that a successful transition to the home requires care and attention not only for the patient but for the family and others involved in the life of the child as well. For Continuum this means that we must be familiar with the needs of mom, dad, siblings, physicians, discharge planners, ancillary care providers and DME vendors in order to do our job well. While our team members all have their areas of expertise, we each consider ourselves case managers for every child in our care. Management of clinical care is overseen by Directors and Assistant Directors of Nursing, all of whom have significant NICU, PICU, and pediatric home care experience. Patients’ nursing schedules are coordinated by Staffing Coordinators who average over five years tenure. Our Recruiters work creatively to recruit and retain nurses during one of the nation’s worst and longest lasting nursing shortages. Financial staff interacts with payer sources to alleviate the burden on the family. Ultimately, effective advocacy for appropriate, cost effective nursing support is paramount to all of Continuum’s staff.Our qualifications and commitment to quality care are most prominently evidenced by our Joint Commission accreditation. But the endorsement we most prize comes to us through phone calls and letters from families and continued referrals from discharge planners, case managers and families themselves. We will happily share these references with interested parties, and we look forward to extending this continuum of caring to your organization and the children who need us most.
Choosing the Right Caregivers
So, how do you select the right home health agency for you or your loved one? Learning as much as you can about an organization is the best way to determine which agency best fits your needs.
Following are some questions you should ask prospective home health providers about the services they offer:
• How long has the agency been serving the community?
• Is the agency Nurse Managed?
• Does the agency specialize exclusively in the type of care you or your loved one requires?
• Is the agency certified by Medicaid/Medical Assistance?
• Does the agency have a comprehensive and ongoing training and education program for its nurses?
• Does the agency assign supervisors with the appropriate specialty experience to oversee the quality of care patients are receiving in their homes?
• Are the agency caregivers available 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
• Is the agency Joint Commission Accredited – the highest standard of accreditation achievable by a home health agency?
Continuum can confidently answer all of those questions. And in addition to our clinical expertise, our knowledgeable benefits management staff can help you navigate the often confusing payment options associated with home health services. Of course, we work with most of the region’s major insurances; but we also understand how you can get the most out of any benefits available to you, including Medicaid/Medical Assistance (qualification for many waiver benefits are not income-related) and other government-sponsored programs.
To get a quick and confidential answer to any questions you may have, or to initiate services today, please contact your local Continuum office.
We are Joint Commission Accredited, Medicare/Medicaid Certified, and endorsed by countless families, discharge planners, case managers, and virtually every major insurance company in the communities we serve.
We would love to hear from you. If you have a question, suggestion or comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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