Dealing with Immediate Needs
The most important thing to learn is “what do I need to know to take care of my child in the immediate future?” Our care team has a lot of information for our families – work with them to focus on the key takeaways. Don’t try to understand everything the first day.
Tip: It might be helpful to create a summary page of the most important things to remember (if our care team has not already provided you one). It should include:
- When to contact your care team or go to the ER
- Who to contact
- Key temperatures, heart rates, etc. that are important to your child
- Medication information (name, amount, when and how to take it and who to contact for a refill if needed)
Our team of family support services is here to help you:
- Find a place to stay near the hospital if needed
- Organize transportation to your visits
- Connect your family with support groups, individual or group counseling
- Offer crisis intervention or family help adjusting to an illness
Use the resources that are available to you. To talk to a social worker, call 214-456-7000.