Offered by: The Denver Hospice
While it is an incredibly difficult topic to think about and discuss, pediatric hospice, palliative and grief services fill a critically important role for children and their families who are in need.
Led by a physician, with Board Certification in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and/or Pediatric Medicine, a Team of experts and professionals can bring deep and diverse specialized experience that ensures patients and their families can access a full continuum of care.
Comprehensive pediatric hospice and palliative care programs include:
- Hospice care, which provides comfort, pain relief and quality-of-life care for children with a terminal diagnosis.
- Palliative care, which focuses on providing children relief from the pain and stress of serious illness, regardless of the diagnosis.
- Concurrent care, which ensures a family can receive both comfort and curative care for their child at the same time.
- Respite care, which provides caregivers short-term relief when day-to-day care for a child with an advanced illness becomes physically and emotionally demanding.
- Anticipatory grief counseling, which helps children ages 3-17 who have a loved one facing a life-limiting illness and end-of-life transition.
- Counseling for families following the death of a child, which provides fellowship with others experiencing similar losses, including individual and group counseling for a full year after loss.
Patients and families benefit most from the care that includes child life specialists, registered nurses, chaplains and social workers, all with extensive experience with children. Staff who work with pediatric patients in hospice and palliative care should be trained by the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium, an education initiative designed to improve palliative care.