Children are not small adults.

 

Families caring for critically ill children have unique and special needs. Most hospices are geared to treat adults and are not equipped or staffed to address the host of physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual challenges of seriously ill children and their families.

At Comfort Hospice Care the Pediatric Division offers specialized care to meet the special needs of children with life limiting and life threatening conditions and their families. Our Pediatric Team walks with families, providing care, support, choice and control in making decisions for their child so they may define for themselves the most comfortable and dignified manner in which to live. Through family focused support and services, we help to keep the family intact during and after the worst crisis a family can endure: the critical illness and death of their child. We enable the family to function as a family unit again.

We work with your health care providers to coordinate your child’s care from the time of diagnosis or hospitalization, including discharge planning, help in obtaining special equipment, supplies medications and services to enable the family/care provider to confidently care for their child at home in familiar and comforting surroundings.

 

Services:

  • Nursing visits
  • 24 hr on call availability of a hospice medical professional
  • Pain and Symptom management for relief of suffering and discomfort
  • Medications, equipment and supplies
  • Pediatric palliative care consultation services
  • Case Management
  • Social Work support services and resources for parents, siblings and extended family
  • Spiritual Counseling and Support
  • Grief Counseling and Bereavement Follow-up
  • Home health aide services
  • Referrals to OT, PT ST
  • Educational Resources
  • Trained volunteers

 

Often, curative treatment can be continued and family need not discontinue services of other providers.

 

The Team:

 

  • Pediatrician
  • Pediatric Social Worker
  • Experienced Pediatric Nurse
  • Pediatric Medical Director
  • Home Health Aide
  • Chaplain
  • Specially trained volunteers

 

We partner with pharmacies, equipment suppliers, home health care service providers, the school district, physicians and health care specialists and other community organizations to assist the family through this most challenging and stressful time.

 

Who is Eligible for Services

 

Pediatric hospice care is available to neonates, infants, children and teens who have been referred by a physician, with an illness or condition that cannot be cured, and who are not expected to reach adulthood if the disease takes its natural course.

 

Who Pays for Services

 

Pediatric Hospice Services are covered by most Private insurances, Medicaid and Medicaid Waiver Programs

 

Click here to download our Pediatric brochure

 

If you would like to donate to Carol’s Kids, please click on The Sunflower Foundation link below

 

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