Cystic fibrosis is a complex health condition that progresses and worsens over time. For many CF patients, the health complications of cystic fibrosis often lead to decreased quality of life and many hours and days spent in medical facilities, trying to manage disease and symptoms.
If your child has cystic fibrosis, it is important to become familiar with spectrum of healthcare services that can be offered for this challenging respiratory condition. For many children, recover from a spike in symptoms comes more readily when alternatives to traditional cystic fibrosis care are considered.
Home care is becoming increasingly more popular as a type of alternative healthcare for children with cystic fibrosis. Because infections are common, and can be fatal, finding the best way to treat children, and offering faster ways for recovery, is ideal. In the home environment, many CF children find they are recovering at much faster rates than in a hospital setting.
With the collaborative efforts of your child's pediatrician, coupled with a team of home health nurses, your child can be treated for infections at home while living with cystic fibrosis. Using IV antibiotic therapy, children with cystic fibrosis are afforded an opportunity to feel comforted, remain among family and friends, and improve their sleep while being treated. All of these factors, when combined with home IV antibiotic therapy, provide for a much faster recovery period for the CF children and significantly reduce healthcare costs.
One key disadvantage, however, to using home care for your child's cystic fibrosis complications involves the amount of time that needs to be allotted for treatment. While in a hospital setting, your child's therapy may only take a day or two but, in a home setting, you can expect treatment may take as long as a week. The key to helping your child live with cystic fibrosis lies in your ability to consider options such as home care and to garner the collaboration of your child's healthcare team. With cystic fibrosis, recovering at home from an illness can have a profound effect on overall quality of life.
Sources: Cystic Fibrosis: A Guide for Patient and Family, by David M. Orenstein