Pediatric Palliative CareThe Pediatric Palliative Care team offers comprehensive, family-centered care for children with life-threatening or chronic illness. The Palliative Care team consists of a physician, nurse, child life specialist, chaplain and hospital social worker.
The Pediatric Palliative Care team is an interdisciplinary team that can:
- Assist in making the family the center of making care decisions
- Assist in interdisciplinary care coordination, along with your child’s present medical team
- Assist families in making complex medical decisions
- Provide pain and managing symptoms
- Recommend and make referrals for supportive therapies that focus on mind, body and spirit.
- Assist with coordinating child life, home care and transitioning to hospice, if appropriate.
- Assist in creating developmentally appropriate care plans for siblings
- Assist in the creation of perinatal birthing plans for families whose infants have been diagnosed with a terminal condition
The following questions may assist you in determining if a Palliative Care meeting is appropriate for your family:
- Do you feel your child’s treatment is becoming increasingly overwhelming?
- Do you feel confused by the information you receive from your child’s care team?
- Are your child’s pain and symptoms becoming difficult to manage?
- Does your child see more than 4 doctors or therapists regularly?