Frequently, children with serious or long-term illnesses also have breathing-related needs. Typically, they need ventilator machines to help them breathe, sometimes for months or years. However, these children often become medically stable enough to be safely cared for at home on their ventilators.
Many pulmonary habilitation program patients come from neonatal or pediatric intensive care units throughout the Midwest. Children are eligible for our program if they are medically stable for home care, family members want to take the child home and are willing to learn home care, and the child has housing that can accommodate the ventilator.