• Home Healthcare

    For many children and young adults with significant chronic illness, home health care is essential. Interviewing a home health care company to determine if they are able to meet the specific needs of your child and family is crucial to obtaining quality care.

    The Complex Care Center at Cincinnati Children's provides resources to help families find the home health care services and supports they need.
    • Will the nurses assigned to my child's care all have pediatric nursing experience? What is the skill level I can expect from assigned nurses?
    • Are the nursing hours scheduled according to the needs of my child and my family? How much input do I have regarding the scheduling of hours? Note: Most nursing shifts are based on the timing of the child's skilled care needs.
    • Does the company guarantee shift coverage? Will I be able to have the nurses that I want? Note: Nursing is usually not a guarantee and there may be unfilled shifts.  Therefore, it is important for families to train as many people as possible in your child's care.  Hospital nursing staff or the nursing agency can provide training for family members and friends. 
    • How long will my insurance company / Medicaid pay for skilled nurses?
    • Who is available during and after business hours should I have questions or concerns?
    • What happens if I do not want a nurse to return to my home because of personality conflict or problems with the nursing care?
    • Will I be expected to train nurses in the care of my child or do the nurses familiar with the care do that?
    • Will the nurse be able to accompany my child to physician appointments?
    • Will my child be assigned a primary nurse, or do nurses rotate and if so how often?
    • How do nurses communicate with each other about my child's health status and the nursing care goals?
    • How will my family's privacy be maintained? 

    There are a variety of nurses including Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Public Health Nurse (PHN), Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Here are some questions you might ask when interviewing for nursing care:

    • Tell us something about yourself.
    • What made you choose the nursing field?
    • Do you have experience in this field? If yes, why did you leave your previous job?
    • Where are you from and how long have you been living here?
    • Do you want to make nursing your career or are you pursuing other things as well?
    • Tell us about your family background.
    • What shifts can you work?  Are there shifts you cannot work?
    • How would you describe an ideal nurse?
    • Is your family dependent on you?
    • Can you work on Saturdays and/or Sundays, if needed?
    • Do you have a degree in nursing? What degree?
    • What do you think are your strong and weak points?
    • What do you see as challenges in this field?
    • Why have you chosen to work inside a patient's home instead of in a hospital?
    • What is your specialty in the nursing field?
    • What is your idea of patient care?
    • What was the most stressful job situation you faced? How did you handle it?
    • Do you think it is necessary to update your knowledge from time to time, or for a specific patient? How would you do that?
    • How long have you worked for this agency? Have you worked at other agencies?
    • Do you have any questions for us?   
    • Almost Family Caretenders, located in Northern Kentucky, provides nursing case management, respite, homemaking and personal care for children and adults with disabilities. They are a Kentucky Medicaid funded program. Call 859-341-6888.
    • BrightStar serves the Greater Cincinnati area, including Hamilton, Warren, Clermont and Butler counties. They provide the full continuum of homecare, (including adult and elder care) childcare (including newborn care, babysitter and nanny services) in addition to medical staffing services for individuals, families and healthcare facilities. Call 513-771-2626.
    • Cincinnati Home Care: 513-771-2760
      Medicare certified serving Butler, Clark, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Greene, Hamilton, Lorain, Medina, Montgomery and Warren counties
    • Comprehensive Health Care, 513-245-0100, located in Cincinnati, serves Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties.
    • Gentiva Health Services: 859-331-5800
      (Northern Kentucky, Akron, Toledo, Youngstown)
    • Helping Hands Healthcare: 513-777-2818; toll free 877-894-5438
      Medicare certified serving Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties
    • Home Care Network: 513-469-6334 (for adult care); 937-258-1111 (for pediatric care)
      Medicare certified serving Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Hamilton, Hocking, Vinton and Warren counties  
    • Interim Healthcare: 513-984-1110
      (Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren Counties, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana)
    • MCH: 513-771-2440
      (Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Warren Counties)
    • Kentucky Home Health Association has information on home health care services.
    • Maxim Healthcare Services: 513-793-6444
      (Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren Counties)
    • ViaQuest Nursing provides home nursing services in the Columbus, Ohio area.
    • Cincinnati Children's Home Health Care: 513-636-4663
    • Almost Family Caretenders, located in Northern Kentucky, provides nursing case management, respite, homemaking and personal care for children and adults with disabilities. They are a Kentucky Medicaid funded program. Call 859-341-6888. 
    • American Nursing Care: 513-731-4600 (Ohio) or 800-536-8773 (Indiana)
    • BrightStar serves the Greater Cincinnati area, including Hamilton, Warren, Clermont and Butler counties. They provide the full continuum of homecare, (including adult and elder care) childcare (including newborn care, babysitter and nanny services) in addition to medical staffing services for individuals, families and healthcare facilities. Call 513-771-2626.
    • Brown County General Hospital: 937-378-1465
    • Cincinnati Home Care: 513-771-2760
      Medicare certified serving Butler, Clark, Clermont, Cuyahoga, Greene, Hamilton, Lorain, Medina, Montgomery and Warren counties 
    • Cincinnati Public Health Department: 513-357-7400
    • Comprehensive Health Care, 513-245-0100, located in Cincinnati, serves Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties. 
    • Gentiva Health Services: 859-331-5800
      (Northern Kentucky, Akron, Toledo, Youngstown)
    • Helping Hands Healthcare: 513-777-2818; toll free 877-894-5438
      Medicare certified serving Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties 
    • Home Care Network: 513-469-6334 (for adult care); 937-258-1111 (for pediatric care)
      Medicare certified serving Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Hamilton, Hocking, Vinton and Warren counties 
    • Interim Healthcare: 513-984-1110
      (Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren Counties, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana 
    • Maxim Healthcare Services: 513-793-6444
    • Cardinal Home Healthcare Solutions: 513-271-6700
    • Nurses Calling: 513-631-1400
    • St. Elizabeth Home Care Program: 859-283-1500
    • Spectra Care: 513-772-0111
    • The Visiting Nurses Association: 513-348-8000
    • Does the company employ staff experienced with pediatrics, both newborn infants and young children?
    • Will someone teach me how to give my child's IV medication or tube feeding before we go home?
    • How will I be receiving medications and supplies and will my insurance / Medicaid pay for them?
    • Who is available to answer my questions / concerns after regular business hours and on weekends?
    • If my child's IV comes out who will restart it?
    • Cincinnati Children's Home Health Care: 513-636-4663
    • AmeriMed: 513-942-3670
    • American Home Patient: 513-769-7500 or 800-418-9512. You can also find their other locations.    
    • Coram: 800-523-1435
    • Highland District Hospital: 937-393-6371
    • Infusion Partners: 513-396-6060 or 800-839-1417
    • Integrity Healthcare Services: 502-266-0123 (Louisville, KY)
    • Interim Healthcare: 513-984-1110
      (Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren Counties, Northern Kentucky, Southeast Indiana 
    • Margaret Mary Home Health Care & Hospice: 812-933-5125 or 800-260-6624 (Indiana)
    • Maxim Healthcare Services: 513-793-6444 
    • St. Elizabeth Home Care Program: 859-283-1500
    • UVMC Home Care Services: 937-440-7616 (Troy, Ohio)
    • Walgreens-OptionCare provides all DME except incontinence supplies. They are located in Milford, 800-243-1090. They list their other service locations.
  • Contact Us

    We want to hear from you. Email us with your feedback or suggestions for additional resources. Call our Family Resource Center at 513-636-7606 with your questions.