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What is a PPEC?

What PPEC Means and How it Can Help a Child With Special Needs.

What Does the Abbreviation PPEC Stand For.

Although you may have seen the abbreviation PPEC many times, it might be helpful to know what it stands for.

According to AHCA, PPEC stands for "Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care". Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC) centers allow Medicaid-eligible children from birth through age 20 with medically-complex conditions to receive continual medical care in a non-residential setting. When approved, children can attend a PPEC up to a maximum of 12 hours per day while receiving nursing services, personal care, developmental therapies, and caregiver training.

PPEC centers have been providing essential care to Florida's children since 1995 and are licensed and regulated by the State of Florida.

PPEC centers offer numerous benefits for a child with special health needs. Some key advantages are that they are more reliable than home care services, provide socialization opportunities to reduce the feeling of isolation, and offer a centralized location for therapy services to promote better coordination of care.

Benefits of PPEC

One of the benefits of PPEC is the increase in social activity and communication.

Also, parents and caregivers have a better chance of going back to work, school, or care for other children.

Cases are managed in a way to ensure the children receive the best care possible.

Children with medical conditions may benefit from having fun in an environment made just for them and getting the care and attention they need.

They have their own space where they can safely interact with each other and grow, do activities, and use tools that are appropriate for their age, At Learning Tree PPEC Orlando, kids with chronic conditions can play and learn alongside their peers. The parents can go to work or school knowing their kids are cared for. Medical, nursing, and developmental therapies are provided as part of the full-day care at Learning Tree PPEC Orlando.

At Learning Tree PPEC in Orlando, we provide free medical transportation services to our center's patients. We service Orlando, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, Apopka, and surrounding areas, providing pick-up and drop-off. We take the responsibility of transporting your kids seriously by ensuring that our vehicles are wheelchair friendly, equipped with oxygen and emergency equipment, regularly inspected and maintained, and supervised by a medical escort. Our drivers also undergo a Level 2 Background screening from AHCA for added safety measures.

Learning Tree PPEC in Orlando employs a full complement of healthcare professionals, including a director of nursing services, a medical director, an administrator, emergency medical technicians, certified nursing assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists,. We follow the child's primary care doctor’s orders to provide the best care for their health and development.

Conditions We Provide For at Learning Tree PPEC Orlando:

  • Typical conditions to qualify for PPEC include the following, among others:​

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Feeding Tube

  • Tracheostomy

  • Epilepsy

  • Dysphagia

  • Down Syndrome

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Cystic Fibrosis

  • Developmental Disorder

  • Premature baby

  • Oxygen and Apnea

Speak to your physician to initiate the process for admission to the Learning Tree PPEC program.

Learning Tree PPEC is proud to hold memberships with many top associations in the medical industry. We are one of the first PPEC accredited by the Better Business Bureau in Orlando. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a private organization that provides the public with information on businesses and charities. It also handles consumer complaints about firms. The nonprofit bureau has developed a rating system for businesses based on a scale of A+ to F.

Parents of children with complex medical needs can feel overwhelmed when looking for child care. However, if a parent decides to take advantage of this program, they would be able to receive 100% coverage from Medicaid.

Medicaid is a medical assistance program that provides access to health care for low-income families and individuals. Medicaid also assists the elderly and people with disabilities with the costs of nursing facility care and other medical and long-term care expenses.

The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in Florida is responsible for Medicaid.

At Learning Tree PPEC, you can expect a collaborative effort between staff, you and your child’s physician to develop and follow a plan of care directed towards optimal outcomes.

The environment is safe and secure, meeting or exceeding the requirements for a non-residential medical daycare center. You can also expect consistent and accurate communication about your child’s care plan, participation, difficulties, adaptation, and progress. Your child will receive safe, accurate, and appropriate skilled nursing care and therapy services based on the approved care plan. Additionally, you will be provided with education and community resource information along with financial counseling and assistance with eligibility. You also have basic rights under the Patient Rights Act.

We are located in Central Florida in the SoDo District, a business district surrounded by many of Orlando’s pediatric hospitals, doctors, and specialists. Learning Tree PPEC’s location was chosen specifically based on its proximity to Orlando Health, one of Orlando’s most established hospitals since 1918.

At Learning Tree PPEC in Orlando, we place the health and well-being of our patients ahead of all other concerns. Wheelchair access is provided on our free medical transportation. It is accompanied by an escort trained to look out for the children's safety and comfort while they are being transported. Our transportation is impeccable in terms of tidiness and comfort, and it comes stocked with oxygen and various rescue supplies. Our staff members are highly qualified and speak more than one language. Because of all of these factors, we are considered one of the PPEC facilities in Central Florida that is in the best possible condition.

Our goal at Learning Tree PPEC, is always to deliver the most trusted infrastructure of Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC) Medical Day Care in Central Florida.

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