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Joycare Pediatric Day Health Center is one of the first Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Centers (PPECC) in Texas and the first PPECC in the greater Houston area. We are a freestanding, privately-owned entity with a passion for serving the medically-fragile pediatric population newborn to 20 years old, providing an alternative to the children’s home-health setting.

Driven by a staff of qualified and experienced professionals, Joycare’s mission is to provide an optimum care experience exceeding industry standards. The care team leverages established treatment approaches while also developing new care standards to ensure patients’ needs are served. Joycare’s children enjoy a wonderful, stimulating experience that inspires them to gain the most out of each day while enriching their lives with rewarding social interaction.

By increasing the patient-to-caretaker ratio (3:1), Joycare decreases the overall cost of care to the healthcare system. Specific plans of care for each child, delivered by medically-trained nurses, therapists and staff in a socially-interactive environment and coupled with enriching programming, results in marked improvement in overall quality of life for our children. At the same time, parents get a much-needed break, have the freedom to manage other aspects of their lives and even move back into the workforce, if desired. This unique and emerging approach to caring for medical-fragile children is a win-win for the entire system.


How is Joycare different from home health services?

Unlike home health, Joycare provides therapeutic & educational programming for each child. Children receive therapeutic and educational enrichment through reading time, music, behavioral direction, sign language when appropriate, art and more. Additionally, our children have the immeasurable benefit of socializing and engaging with other children of all ages. We believe this manifests in a better overall all quality of life for our children including specific medically-measured outcomes. Many parents choose to combine Joycare services with their home health services depending on the specific needs of their child.

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Who is caring for my child each day?

Joycare children are supervised and cared for by nursing staff with a 3:1 ratio. Led by an BSN Director of Nursing, our staff may include a Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs), Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, activity or music coordinators, social workers and other medically-trained direct care staff. Our Nursing Director works with you and your child’s physicians and therapists to create a plan of care tailored to his/her needs.

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What will my child do while in the health center?

Your child receives daily programming with an opportunity to engage and socialize with other children. Joycare plans daily schedules that are created to increase educational, behavioral and communication skills. Here is a sample day of programming:

7:30-8:00 AM Arrival time
8:30-9:00 AM Morning Snack
9:00-9:30 AM Circle Time (books, nursery rhymes, etc.)
9:30-10:00 AM Activity (games, playtime etc.)
10:00-10:30 AM Music & Movement
10:30-11:00 AM Outside Play
11:00-11:30 AM Free Play
12:00-12:30 PM Lunch
12:30-2:30 PM Naptime
3:00-3:30 PM Snack
3:30-4:00 PM Art time (colors, paint, crafts, etc.)
4:00-5:00 PM Free Play and Read Aloud

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Can we tour the facility?

We encourage all prospective parents, referrers and payors to come tour the facility. We want you to see and experience our facility first hand. Our caring staff will show you our state-of-the-art facility and answer all your questions.

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How is Joycare covered under insurance?

Joycare services are currently covered both in and out-of-network depending on your commercial insurance plan. Services are covered under Medicaid and many managed Medicaid plans (MCOs) per the requirements by the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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How do I enroll in Joycare?

Our Administrator, Director of Nursing and Patient Access Team remain available to you throughout your care at Joycare, including the intake and enrollment stage. Four key steps to enrolling at Joycare include the following, remember “C.A.R.E”:

1. Connect
Submit your information below or call us at 713.929.CARE. Our team will educate you about Joycare’s services and walk through the entire process of entrusting the care of your child to Joycare’s team.

2. Assess
Let’s get to know each other! Tour the facility, receive an initial Nursing review and meet other members of the Joycare care team. We want to help you learn as much as possible and see why we believe this 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 prescribing physician, social worker or case manager and your insurance company to get everything setup!

4. Enjoy
Welcome – We are excited! And your child will enjoy a wonderful, stimulating experience that inspires him/her to gain the most out of each day while enriching their lives with rewarding social interaction.

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