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As the parent of a child who has been in this center since birth, and who is about to be 2, I feel I have to comment on the inaccuracies in the review titled "Poor Management" posted by 12bcareful. Prior to enrolling a child in this Center, I also worked in child care for 6 years, in 2 different day care centers and I believe the person who posted this review has extremely unreasonable expectations of ANY child care center. I have never felt there was a problem regarding sanitary conditions at Stephen's House. The staff is very concerned about hand washing and proper hygiene, particularly with younger children. As far as the number of children per care giver is concerned, I have never seen numbers exceed the state requirements. Children are children - they will get hurt, both in day care and at home. Although the staff takes every precaution against the injury of a child, there is no way to prevent injury 100% of the time - the important issue here is how the staff handles an injured or ill child and my experience has always been that they are loving and attentive and communicative with parents when a child is hurt or ill. It is far more likely that a parent with a sick child will bring the child in with contagious symptoms putting all the children at risk and leaving the child to be cared for by staff. That is far more detrimental to the health and well-being of other children than anything else I can think of. And as to fund raising, that is, unfortunately, a necessary evil in day care. Child care is a terribly expensive business to run, with child care givers being, as a rule, notoriously underpaid resulting in high staff turn over and consequent inconsistency of care. The staff at Stephen's House appear to be paid better than most because the turnover is low in comparison to other child care facilities, resulting in well-trained providers and consistent quality of care. If fund raising is required to maintain that, then bring on the bake sales! Finally, I would like to thank the staff at Stephen's House for the loving care and attention that my son has received while he has been there and I know we will miss the staff and director when he starts school. Thanks to the staff at Stephen's House, I can go to work without worry or guilt - perhaps the person who has such high expectations of child care should stay home and take care of his/her children inasmuch as it does not appear anywhere is ever going to be good enough.
Choosing a daycare is a difficult choice for any parent to make. My wife and I are both working professionals and after much debate it was decided that we would place our first born in daycare. We began our search, and unfortunately the first daycare we selected turned out to be a poor choice. After a few months it was clear to us that we needed to find a new daycare provider. Upon receiving a recommendation from our pediatrician, we enrolled our first born with Stephen’s House in 2004. Currently, all three of our children (ages 5, 2, and 1) are attending Stephen’s House. They are well adjusted, healthy, and happy children. We have never had any hesitations about leaving our children in the care of the Stephen’s House staff. Some of the reasons that we would recommend Stephen’s house include; low turn over of staff, our children enjoy it, and the organization is well run. Due to the low turn over in the staff, our children have had several of the same teachers over the last five years. We really like the fact that all three our children had the same infant room teachers. It is a comfort and gives you a real sense of security to see the same faces day after day. The fact that all the teachers are well acquainted with our children creates a consistent atmosphere. Our children enjoy going to Stephen’s House. They are always excited to see their friends and teachers. Our oldest daughter is in her final year and has made several great friends along the way. The director and teachers are great to work with and have created wonderful experiences for our children. The facility is very well-run and organized. As my children have grown, Stephen’s house has placed them in more advanced rooms to match their abilities. The teachers have schedules/routines they adhere to every day. Our 5-year old can already write, do basic math, and is learning how to read. Opinions will always be subject to scrutiny when it comes to the care of your children. It would be difficult, if not impossible to find a daycare that is perceived as perfect to everyone. Even we have had issues come up over the years and after we communicated them with the staff, the problems have always been rectified to our satisfaction. We are appreciative to the director and staff at Stephen's House for the care they have provided our children. I would definitely recommend Stephen's House to anyone looking for a quality daycare. Lew Carpenter
We have two children currently attending Stephen's House since birth. A daughter that is 4 who will be starting kindergarten this year and a son that will soon be 2. As first time parents, we did LOTS of research on day care facilities and in-home care options because it was a big decision and as first time parents we all feel no one is good enough for our kids. We believe that it takes a village to raise children and parents need partners in their children's education, healthcare and upbringing. We've had a wonderful experience at Stephen's House. We have never felt that our children's safety has been at risk. At morning drop-off, we've spent more time to get to know our kids classmates, observe the class culture and the teacher's style and have always been comfortable and happy. Our daughter has been in five different classrooms since she started and each time we've worked closely with the teacher to discuss various issues as potty training, behavioral changes, educational development, etc. It has been a true partnership. No one is perfect and anytime we've had concerns, either teachers or the director has addressed them and/or educated us on child development. First time parents.....there are so many things that we learn about child development on the first kid that seem abnormal to us but normal to little kids. Do a little research and you'll feel better because so much happens between birth and potty training. Hang in there! Our daughter will be starting kindergarten this fall as a little girl who is learning to read, can write lots of words, does math, and speaks some Spanish and German. This could only be possible by us working together. We are very grateful to the owner, director and staff at Stephen's House for such a wonderful experience for our daughter. We know that our son will follow in her footsteps!
My daughter has been in this daycare for the past 2 years and obviously we both love it. She will be going to kindergarten next school year and she is more than prepared thanks to the quality care she has received. My daughter is learning Spanish! She loves to go to daycare here and never wants to stay home even when i give her the option because she loves the staff and all of her friends. She tells me everyday how good her day was when i pick her up. I have never had a problem since she has been going here. All of the staff are friendly and I appreciate that when they see me they always acknowledge my presence with a "good morning" or "have a good day or good night". Her teachers always give me an update on whatever my daughter has done that day. I think the fundraisers give the parents a chance to assist in the continued quality care for our children by helping raise additional funds for the daycare for necessities and some extras. I personally am a single mom and I love the manangement. Ms. Jan has been very helpful to me. I feel like they honestly care about my daughter and its not just about a dollar. I can go to work without worry because I know my daughter is in good hands. The facility is clean and decorated with the children in mind. I see the staff on a regular basis cleaning the facility so I am not concerned about that. It smells clean and looks clean because it is clean. Until my daughter came to this daycare I never let her be in the care of anyone other than family. Now I feel like Stephen's House is part of my family. In this day and age it is hard to find trustworthy, loving, quality care for our children. I would definitely recommend this daycare to anyone, and I have!
Our relationship with Stephen's house began in 2002 when my daughter was 2 years old. My son was born in 2004 and has been with Stephen's house since he was an infant. We chose Stephenson's house initially for several reasons, but in particular because of the layout of the classrooms and the longevity of their staff. We also found the facility to be very clean and well kept. When I began researching prescools, most of them had the classrooms separated with just a partition. We were completed overwhelmed with noise as soon as we entered the facility. Stephen's house has each classroom very well separated for privacy so the children can focus and have minimal distractions at nap time. Our son currently has the same Pre-K teacher that my daughter had four years ago and will graduate this summer ready for kindergarten. We love Miss Melissa! It is obvious that the administrator and staff truly care about their kids. They plan extra activities and even a few field trips in the summer for the bigger kids. The fundraiser they had in February was all month long with a different activity every day. We were given a calendar of events and my son couldn't wait until the next day to see if it was crazy hair day, hat day, beach day, and then a carnival on the last day of the month! We consider Stephen's house to be our child's second family. When children see the same faces day in and day, these teachers play such an important role in their lives. I cannot express our gratitude enough to be able to drop my child off every morning knowing they are in good hands. I would highly recommend this facility to any parent (and have).
Our child has been at Stephen's House since infancy. I visited numerous daycare's in my search, and from the minute I walked into the center, I felt comfortable there. The walls are brightly colored and the spaces are inviting, with mats and toys that are age appropriate. I have been very happy with the quality of care from the beginning. The teachers in the infant room were very caring those first days and weeks he was there. They would reassure me and also give advice when it was asked for. I felt they were very cognizant of the stress new moms face when leaving their first little bundle with strangers. As my child has grown, he has developed some special needs that require extra time and attention. The director and all of the teachers he has worked with have been very open and more than helpful in meeting his needs. When issues have arisen, the director and staff have been very quick to partner with me to solve any problem or mitigate any concern I had. They have gone above and beyond their duties to help and work with my son and to them I am truly grateful. I have found the facility, toys, furniture, etc. to be clean. I enjoy that the teachers use different methods to teach the children, using technology, hands-on projects, books, songs, etc. In regards to following the state regulations, it seems to me that they meet and quite often exceed the state standards set up for daycare centers. Although I do not like the fund raising aspect of daycare, I would rather participate in those than pay higher per week costs. Stephen's House is a great daycare and we will be sad when he has to move on.
My health symptoms were life-threatening and my general Dr sent me to the hospital. I was in the hospital for 3 days, was tested and examined by several doctors. They got the symptoms out of danger, but couldn't determine the root cause. They said some things were way too high, others way too low, and I needed to see 'a specialist'. They didn't even say what kind of specialist. My general Dr sent me to Dr. Sneid. Dr. Sneid diagnosed the core cause of all my symptoms on my first visit, determined which treatment was appropriate on my second visit, and this core illness was resolved on my third visit. In the following months, all of the other illness symptoms diminished. This happened about twenty years ago. Without Dr Sneid, I would probably still be visiting doctors A, B, C, and D treating symptoms 1 thru 10 (maybe the reason they couldn't figure it out was because there were so many symptoms). But with Dr. Sneid, the core illness was quickly resolved and I'm happy, healthy, and very thankful. I wouldn't think of recommending any friend or family in the Midwest needing an endocrinologist to see anyone besides Dr. Sneid. In my experience, in our first visit he figured out what two other groups of doctors couldn't. So, if you want, or need, one of, if not the most knowledgeable, efficient, and effective endocrinologists in the KC metro, Dr Sneid is most likely who you're looking for.
My Daughter is 2 years old and attends Kid's Kingdom full time and we LOVE it!! Each morning she is excited to get ready and go to "School" which is what we call it. I made the decision to switch her from an at home daycare to Kid's Kingdom a few months ago, and the transition has been easier than I thought it would be. It only took a few days and then my daughter knew the routine and sat with her friends for breakfast. The center is clean. They also do daily sheets so I can see her activities, what she ate, how many times she went potty, and even her mood that day. :) The owner's are hands on and the teachers are sweet and focused on the kids. My daughter's skills have already improved greatly! She now knows her shapes, way more words, most colors and knows how to sit still! LOL The Meal Schedule and Food is awesome. Some mornings I wish I could hang around for the French toast it smells great! LOL! I am enjoying my experience and my daughter says she's happy which is such a great comfort. Thank you Kid's Kingdom!!
My family (including my toddler) have been seeing Dr. Walker and we are extremely happy with his care. We find Dr. Walker knowledgeable, reasonable and cautious in dispensing medication, and keen on diagnosing. He is also very personable and he has never rushed us when we needed to discuss our ailment and treatment options. Whenever we call his office with questions, the nurses and office staff are efficient in returning our calls. I once got a return call (after hours) from Dr. Walker within a minute! When I delivered my son, Dr. Walker visited me three times in the hospital either to check up on me or to discuss my son's care. Because it is a family clinic (and not a pediatric office), we occasionally have difficulty making a last minute appointment for our son, but his office has a great Nurse Practitioner, Kathleen Mallett, and she has helped us tremendously in the past too. Overall, we highly recommend Dr. Walker and his office.
Brighton Learning Center is hands down the best choice you can make for child care. It's so much more than just "daycare"; it's love, learning, encouragement, and so much more for your child. My child is starting kindergarten this year and I feel she could advance to 1st grade from what BLC has taught her. Their curriculum pushes your child just enough and it's in such a fun way! Teachers are always quick to update you on anything going on with your child, and the parent teacher conferences allow you to address any concerns you have. I couldn't have dreamt of a better place to take my child everyday. You'll never have to worry if they're taken care of while you're at work, because rest assured, they are.
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.