A medical home is a coordinated and respectful health care partnership between a child, his or her parents and the child's primary care doctor. Parents and health care providers see the medical home as a place for sharing information about local resources, organizing care for the child, and connecting with community-based programs.
Tools that can assist in planning care and communication include:
- Care Plans for parents or for teens.
They both include In Case of Emergency, Getting to Know Me, and What’s the Plan forms.
- The Care Notebook or Care Organizer can assist with organizing and keeping medical information such as contact lists of health care professionals who care for the child, medication lists, a hospital discharge summary, clinic visit information, or physical therapy progress notes.
- The Starting Point Resource Guide provides a list of statewide resources to assist families in Washington with a variety of needs, including connecting with other parents or applying for health insurance.
- The Introduction to Care Coordination gives an overview of professionals who provide care coordination/case management services for children with special needs.