Care Profile: Jack

Little boy with a chromosomal disorder and
chronic lung disease – care provided from 2010 to 2012

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We met Jack when he was four years old.  He needed skilled care for a chromosomal disorder, and he also had chronic lung disease. Jack was struggling to do the typical things kids do – roughhouse, run around and explore the world in the unique ways little boys are known for.

Jack’s family worked closely with his physician and HealthCall to develop a plan for Jack’s care that would allow for as much activity as was safe for Jack at the time, while providing the medical care he needed. Jack had a tracheostomy and was dependent on a ventilator. HealthCall provided 12 hours of skilled nursing care each day, through a team of three primary field nurses and a nurse supervisor.  The ultimate goal for Jack’s care plan was to free him from his dependence on a ventilator and bring his young life a much greater level of independence and activity.

After two years, Jack was successfully decannulated, no longer dependent on a ventilator to help with his breathing. For the first time in his life, Jack can run, jump and play and more fully enjoy being a kid.

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Services we provide

  • Ventilator/tracheostomy management
  • Medication administration
  • Medical care for genetic disorders/birth anomalies
  • Skilled nursing accompaniment to school
  • PICC line management including IV medication administration
  • skilled nursing assessment/ supervisory visits
  • Personal care
  • Mobility/transfer assistance