Engaged families make hospitals safer
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Engaged families make hospitals safer

No hospital is error-free. The most important partner in your child’s health and safety is you. You can help keep your child safer by sharing information and asking questions. Continue reading

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Confronting Germs With Your Medically Complex Child

The following was published as part of my “Teachable Moments” blog series for ProMedica HealthConnect. We humans are naturally social creatures. We gather, embrace and share. Unfortunately, we often share our germs. Germs are everywhere, and as a result, the parents of medically fragile children often limit their children’s interactions and essentially self-quarantine. Continue reading

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Why Can’t Parenting Come With An Ever-Lasting Battery?

The following was published as part of my “Teachable Moments” blog series for ProMedica HealthConnect.  As the parent of a medically complex child, taking care of myself has included the need to power up in regular intervals. Richie’s first year of life was marked with hospitalizations, tests, and the slow achievement of milestones. For me, … Continue reading

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i Testify: My testimony for the Ohio House of Reps’ Finance Commitee

I was fortunate to be able to voice my opposition to Ohio’s H.B. 64 proposal to eliminate independent providers. My testimony follows. Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Driehaus and Members of the House Finance Committee, my name is Charisse Montgomery. I am a mother, an author, an advocate, and a member of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Thank you for allowing me to testify … Continue reading