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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Health, Health Care, Human Services, Nursing, Pediatrics

Mission: A parent-driven program to serve and promote a better quality of life for children with special health care needs and their families within the community.

Programs: The transition care program is the link between hospital and home for the child who has medical complexities and is clinically ready for discharge from a hospital, yet important factors need to be considered in order to bring the child home safely. The family may need further support through training and equipment education regarding the clinical needs of the child and/or nursing agency staffing plan. The respite care program is a short term stay for a child who is medically complex and/or may be technology dependent. From a 24 hour stay to one lasting up to 14 days, a child is provided with medical/nursing care and recreational activities in a secure and therapeutic environment. Families may choose this program for a variety of circumstances: temporary absence of private duty nursing care at home, parent illness, vacations, family emergencies and much needed rest. In addition the following program services occur onsite at both of our 12-bed facilities in a home like setting with 24/7 clinical care: transitional care which includes parent/guardian training and a detailed home plan developed over 120 days, respite care programs - our onsite services include emergency respite (for when a family needs immediate and unplanned respite care for their child due to a death in the family, illness of primary care giver or any other unforeseen circumstance), respite transportation (to help children with complex medical conditions transport their medical equipment and supplies with them to ahk for respite care), case management and social work support (to help families connect with and navigate the complex government systems, in home shift nursing, providing a coordinated medical team, counseling community support to the family), regular onsite physical therapy is provided to all children, sleep medicine consults and onsite sleep studies (a crucial, and often underfunded program for children in the medicaid system), onsite nutritionist and pediatric wound care consultants that drastically reduce costly ambulance transportation to visits and improve care, an onsite child-life specialist to help children at ahk cope with the challenges of their complex medical health needs through play, and a medical education program, designed to educate medical students and residents on the wide variety of clinical and non-clinical issues related to the care of children with complex healthcare needs and to teach them about the systems of care and support that are involved with children with medical complexity and their families in a community setting.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

5 Stars. AHK is an incredible facility. I have personally been involved for approximately 7 years, my daughter volunteers and my husband is on the medical advisory board. AHK is a temporary home for children that are nedically fragile or respite care for families who may need a break from the burden of daily care. The staff is highly trained and truly love each and every child. It's a medical facility that feels like home. We need more houses like AHK!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

this is one of the very few places we have ever felt comfortable leaving our medically fragile son for respite - it's beautifully appointed, the nursing staff are incredibly attentive and they really make the stay fun for the kids that go there - we liked it so much I now volunteer on the Board

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Board Member

Rating: 5

this organization remains committed to meeting the needs of children with technology needs/complex medical care needs and their families. the nursing staff are uniformly exceptional