The pediatric and adult ventilator services at St. Joseph Home are flexible care options for those who need full or part-time ventilator support. With our highly trained staff on hand 24/7, we make living beyond the bedroom a priority.
Each resident who is ventilator dependent receives one stationary ventilator for their room and a second, portable ventilator that attaches to their wheelchair. By removing this boundary, residents can go to school or a day program, visit with family outside of the cottage and enjoy a rich community life.
Pediatric Ventilator Unit
Outside of a hospital room or 24/7 in-home care, there aren’t many options for a family when their child is born needing a ventilator. At St. Joseph Home, we’ve partnered with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to provide affordable, trusted care as children who need ventilators grow. The Pediatric Ventilator Unit accepts a variety of infants and children with diverse diagnoses. While our goal is to support children to come off of the ventilator and equip families for at-home living, we know this isn’t always the case. Once accepted into the PVU, families have the option to keep their child with us as long as they’d like and need to.
Adult Ventilator Unit
With advancing medical technology, more adults with complex disabilities are living to see an older age. Our Adult Ventilator Unit is focused on maintaining a healthy stability as a need for a ventilator is often developed later in life. Where possible, our Respiratory Therapist works with residents to wean partially or completely off the ventilator. Residents in the AVU have the option to attend our Blue Ash Day Program where a full nursing staff is capable of supporting engagement while attending to medical needs.