WHAT SERVICES DO WE OFFER
What is pediatric comfort care and palliative care?
Pediatric comfort care and/or palliative care is both a philosophy and an organized method for delivering care that is competent, compassionate and individual to children with chronic, complex and/or life threatening conditions and their families. But comfort care and palliative care are, and should be, at different times in the illness.
What is pediatric palliative care?
Pediatric palliative care, ideally, should be offered at the time of a diagnosis of a life threatening illness such as a chronic, complex condition. It differs from comfort care in that the requirement of months to live does not apply. We offer a Care Consultation model to support the primary physician and other specialists. Our physician and nurse practitioners provide the examination and collaborate with your provider in supporting your needs through an individualized plan of care. Pediatric palliative care is considered a specialty. We work together with your team and provide that additional expertise.
24/7 Clinical Pharmacist Availability
Age Appropriate Pain & Symptom Management
Crisis Care Available In-Home
Assistance in End-Of-Life preparations and planning
Equipment, Medications & Supplies, specific to Hospice Diagnosis
Legacy Building and Memory making
Play and Self expression activities
Bereavement Camp for children experiencing a loss
Follow-up bereavement support
Outreach Education to hospitals, private practices, clinics, schools, faith based
organizations, health communities, and other groups working with children
Interdisciplinary Pediatric Resource Team
24/7 Nurse availbilty
Medical Social Work services
Certified Child Life Specialists
What is pediatric comfort care?
Pediatric comfort care is for a child living with a life threatening illness with a life expectancy of months not years. But that does not mean you have to choose between living or dying. Federal and state laws have changed the options for a child on the Medicaid hospice benefit to now offer more choices that have changed the “myth of giving up.” A child can now receive concurrent disease-modifying therapy and hospice without giving up hope.
We recognize the unknown is fearful and overwhelming. We want to help.