Hospice and Palliative Care

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Hospice and Palliative Care

The Palliative Care Program at Children's Health℠ is a consultative service designed to provide support and enhance the comfort and quality of life for children living with life-limiting, life-threatening or complex conditions and the families of those children.

Services We Provide

Palliative care affirms life and regards dying as a process that is a profoundly personal experience for the child and family. The intensity and range of palliative care interventions may increase as the illness progresses and as the complexity of care and needs of the child and family increase.

  • Palliative Care: The sole criterion is that the child has a life-limiting illness or condition and is not expected to survive into adulthood. These services are provided at diagnosis and through the course of treatment.
  • End of Life Care: These patients will likely have imminent death from life-limiting illnesses or conditions. Many of these parents (consulting with their families) have chosen to receive comfort care rather than medical interventions to treat or cure the underlying disease.
  • Bereavement Care: Eligible families are those who have experienced the death of a child who received care at Children's (with an automatic referral for patients who die at Children's Medical Center, or referral by any Children's Medical provider.)

Family Centered Care With a Team Approach

Palliative care is centered on the family, and it is interdisciplinary. The goal is to achieve the best possible quality of life and relieve suffering – physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual. The purpose of an interdisciplinary team model of care management is to meet in a holistic nature the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of patients with complex medical issues and their families.

We also help anticipate and nurture individuals through the process of loss, grief and bereavement and help prepare for and assist with the management of self-determined life closure, the dying process and death. We involve the patient and family in the decision-making process, working with patient and family values that direct the care plan goals. This also allows for the collaboration of expertise by varied disciplines, and identifies the appropriate interventions that take into account the holistic nature of care.

How do I know when to consider palliative care?

Please consider a palliative care consultation for infants and children of all ages who are not expected to survive to adulthood. Click the link below to learn more about situations when palliative care may be the right choice.

When Palliative Care Might be the Right Choice

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