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Admission Process

Joycare is a licensed healthcare facility that cares for children with complex medical conditions from 6 weeks to 20 years of age. Our process for admission is as follows:

1. Connect

Submit your information below or call us at 713-929-CARE (CARE). Our team will explain Joycare’s services and will walk you through the entire process of entrusting the care of your child.

2. Assess

Let’s get to know each other! Tour the facility, receive an initial Nursing Review, and meet other members of the Joycare team. We want to show you why Joycare is the best option for your medically fragile child.

3. Register

Ready to transition your child to Joycare? Complete the intake paperwork and we will work with your child’s prescribing physician, social worker, or case manager and your insurance company to get everything set up!

4. Enjoy

Welcome! We are excited! Your child will enjoy a wonderful, stimulating experience that will inspire him/her to gain the most out of each day.

Does My Child Qualify?

In order to qualify for admission, your child must meet the following criteria:
  • Be medically complex or fragile and/or technologically dependent
  • Have approval from his/her doctor
  • Be medically stable (not in need of immediate hospital care)
  • Be appropriate for outpatient care
  • Require skilled nursing care
  • Present no significant risk of infection to other children or personnel
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Also, our patients primarily are:
  • Children who need nursing care part-time or full-time and would not have their needs met in a school environment or other setting.
  • Children who need nursing care every day, but do not need to be in a hospital.
  • Children who have had frequent emergency room visits and hospitalizations for an ongoing or unresolved illness such as asthma or seizures.
Joycare may also admit children with the following conditions (but not limited to):
  • Very Low and Low Birth Weight Babies
  • Chronic Lung Disease
  • Feeding problems – Suck/Swallow Disorders
  • Tube Feedings
  • Colostomy/Ileostomy Care
  • Diabetes
  • Renal Failure
  • Failure to Thrive – Poor Weight Gain
  • Injury and Abuse
  • Brain Injury, Seizures, and Neurological Disorders
  • Cardiac Disorders
  • Immune Deficiencies
  • IV Infusion Management and Medication Administration
  • Oxygen Dependent – Trach Dependent
  • Post Surgical Care
  • Spina Bifida
  • Genetic Disorders, Syndromes and Rare Diseases
  • Organ Transplant

Advanced Care for Medically Fragile Kids