A medical home is an approach to providing inclusive and high-quality primary care. According to the National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home a medical home will be:
- Accessible: Care is easy for the child and family to obtain, including geographic access and insurance accommodation.
- Family-centered: The family is recognized and acknowledged as the primary caregiver and support for the child, ensuring that all medical decisions are made in true partnership with the family.
- Continuous: The same primary care clinician cares for the child from infancy through young adulthood, providing assistance and support to transition to adult care.
- Comprehensive: Preventive, primary, and specialty care are provided to the child and family.
- Coordinated: A care plan is created in partnership with the family and communicated with all health care clinicians and necessary community agencies and organizations.
- Compassionate: Genuine concern for the well-being of a child and family are emphasized and addressed.
- Culturally Effective: The family and child’s culture, language, beliefs, and traditions are recognized, valued, and respected.
A MEDICAL HOME is the kind of primary health care you and your child deserve. It is not a place, but the way care is provided to your family and child. One of the most important components of a medical home is a knowledgeable, compassionate health care provider and care team chosen by the family and/or patient.