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PPECC in Houston, TX

Joycare is a PPECC (Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Center) serving the greater Houston metropolitan area. We offer an Advanced Day Program for medically fragile or complex kids from 6 weeks to 20 years of age. We provide excellent skilled nursing care services throughout the day along with speech, physical, and occupational therapy. We also offer an enrichment program that includes a pre-school curriculum, music, art, pet therapy, sign language for non-verbal kids, free educational classes for families, fun events, transportation, and an 8-week therapeutic Summer Camp.


Conditions Served at Joycare

Joycare Pediatric Day Health Center cares for medically and technology dependent children who receive a prescription from their physician for skilled nursing services. For example, autism, down syndrome, and other similar special needs do not qualify for coverage under a PPECC alone. “Medically or technologically dependent” means a child who due to an acute, chronic, or intermittent medically complex or fragile condition or disability requires physician prescribed, ongoing, technology-based skilled nursing care to avert death or further disability, or the routine use of a medical device to compensate for a deficit in a life-sustaining body function. Common conditions of children who qualify for PPECC services include:

  • Respiratory Diseases / Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Gastrostomies
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Seizures
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • IV Therapies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Transplant Patients
  • Chromosomal Abnormalities
  • Cardiac Anomalies
  • Endocrine Diseases / Disorders
  • Quadriplegic / Paraplegic
  • Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita
  • Pierre Robin Sequencing
  • Mitochondrial Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis


Specialized Treatments and Therapy

At Joycare, we understand there is a wide range of physician-prescribed clinical treatments your child may need. The training and expertise of our staff allow them to deliver certain treatments and specialized therapy services, such as:

  • Apnea Monitoring
  • Oxygen Administration
  • Tube Feeding
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Airway Management
  • Transportation
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Medication Management / Titration
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Does Your Insurance Cover for Joycare’s PPECC Services?

Medicaid, Medicaid HMOs (Health Maintenance Organization), the CMS (Children’s Medical Services) Network, and some private/commercial insurances cover all Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Centers (PPECCs). The Patient Access Team at Joycare Pediatric Day Health Center would be happy to walk you through our admissions process and answer any questions you may have regarding insurance coverage for our pediatric extended care services in the Houston area.

Stay Connected with our Mobile App!

Joycare uses Kinderlime’s mobile app to deliver up-to-date daily messages to parents about children’s activities. This FREE service allows you to contact your child’s caregivers and stay connected throughout the day. You can also view pictures of your child’s precious moments captured by our loving and caring clinical staff! It gives us great joy to make your child smile!

Advanced Care for Medically Fragile Kids