Bayada: Pediatric care for the area

Bayada Home Health Care, located at 209 E. Third St., is on a mission to help children have a safe home life with comfort, independence and dignity. Bayada provides skilled services, in the form of licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, home health aides and certified nursing assistants to chronically ill and disabled children.

The services offered by Bayada are ordered by a child’s physician and paid for by Medicaid and/or a private insurance company, at no cost to the families. Bayada provides services to children with a wide range of diagnosis including children with diabetes, autism, cerebral palsy and children with tracheostomies and ventilators.

According to Bayada’s website, it provides clinical care and support services at home for children and adults of all ages. Mark Bayada, company founder, started the business in 1975 and has made it the forefront of the home health care movement by working to working to give people greater access to high-quality care that helps them live safely at home.

Bayada currently includes more than 18,000 home health care professionals, serving communities in 22 states, in more than 280 offices. Some of the specialty practices include home health, adult nursing, assistive care, pediatrics, hospice and habilitation.

The location on East Third Street, specializes in pediatrics and provides services to children where they live, play and learn, including at home, school and camp.

“We can provide as few as two hours, to as many as 24 hours of care depending on the needs of the child and their families, with an agreement with the insurance company and physician,” Josie Kozak, division director at Bayada Home Health Care, said. “We will often be with a child all day while their parents work and provide night time services, so that parents can sleep.”

Kozak oversees the Gardenia Division, which consists of pediatric offices in Selinsgrove, Bloomsburg, Williamsport, Lock Haven and State College. The division provides care in 17 counties in Pennsylvania. The staff takes care of hundreds of sick and disabled children and employs close to a thousand individuals.

“What sets Bayada apart from other home care agencies is the training and support we provide to our staff,” Kozak said. “We want our staff to be pediatric experts, so we provide them the appropriate training and support. Bayada is one of the only home health agencies that provides extensive pediatric-specific training, and it is important to us that our employees are confident in the work they do.”

Bayada employees train in the skills lab at the office on East Third Street to prepare them for possible situations they may encounter while in client’s homes. The employees use mannequins to simulate these situations, and the teachers use them to evaluate the employees and train them on new equipment and techniques.

“The skills lab is a crucial piece of our education process at Bayada and every office in the company has a skills lab, Kozak said.

For more information on Bayada Home Health, call 570-326-2663, or visit