PATCHES is a not for profit nursing center, for children with extreme medical conditions, ages birth to 21.
Monday through Friday, 12 hours daily, we make a difference in the lives of chronically ill Dade County children and their low- income families. We deeply believe that every child, despite the challenges of illness, deserves to live free of pain and be as healthy as they can, to grow, play, learn and maximize their potential.
PATCHES offers a bridge of care that facilitates an early hospital release for many children. Rather than the isolation of hospital or home care, the medically fragile child can spend the day in the care of the professional nursing staff at PATCHES, in a safe, enriching environment. Here they thrive physically, developmentally and socially, and receive all the medically prescribed therapies they need, two healthy meals daily, and education, under one roof.
This service enables parents to work and support their families, freed from the challenge of managing the medical needs of a chronically ill child in an enormously challenging medical system. PATCHES nursing staff consults directly with treating physicians, maintaining seamless collaboration in managing the child’s medical needs.
PATCHES also educates parents to competently manage their child’s health care at home, maintaining the child's wellness and avoiding unnecessary ER visits, that are stressful to parents and traumatic to the child. No child is turned away based on the ability to pay.
For Lesly, the Princess of PATCHES- who was with us for 9 years PATCHES was her second home. She was born with multiple rare medical conditions and mysteries. She recently lost her battle after a heroic fight. Lesly captured the hearts, love and admiration of all who knew her. There's a permanent hole in the hearts of nursing staff and therapists who knew and loved Lesly. Her time in PATCHES' care enabled her single mom, Teresa, to graduate high school and college, with the knowledge that Lesly was being given the best possible nursing care and therapies by professionals who loved her.