Nexus Childrens Hospital

Changes Health & Wellness Program

Nexus Children’s Hospital offers a safe, structured environment for children with established weight control problems, including Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). Addressing comorbid medical issues and behavioral complications characteristic of individuals with PWS, our Changes Health and Wellness inpatient program helps our young patients who have found traditional outpatient programs unsuccessful.

Our program incorporates low-calorie diets, set daily schedules, individualized physical training regiments, and behavioral health support for both the patient and family members. Our expert staff is dedicated to seeing each patient reach his or her health goal and maintain that goal after discharge.

Diagnoses Criteria

  • Individual with PWS
  • Body mass index (BMI) greater than 35
  • At least 2 comorbidities
  • Patients with a PWS diagnosis do not have to meet other criteria upon admission.

Common Comorbid Conditions

  • Type II diabetes and associated complications
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
  • Intertrigo (skin breakdown, yeast and bacterial infections in deep fat folds)
  • Leg edema
  • Cellulitis
  • Venous stasis disease with risk of thrombotic events

Standards of Care

As the only childhood weight and behavioral management inpatient program recommended by the national Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, our program is designed to treat children from ages 3 to 21. Nexus’ Changes Health and Wellness Program has a variety of goals including:

  • Decrease BMI
  • Resolve weight-related conditions
  • Develop strategies to manage behavior
  • Decrease unstructured time
  • Develop coping skills for at home, school, or in the community
  • Improve overall quality of life

The continued implementation of structure by family members, caregivers, and friends is imperative to the ongoing successful management of PWS.

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