Sick children and their families can suffer, physically and emotionally, at all stages of chronic and life-limiting conditions. The pain may come from symptoms of the child's condition, of course, but also from side effects caused by curative treatments, anxiety over diagnosis, or dread of an unsure future. Pediatric Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary model of care that provides a holistic approach to care. By providing a holistic, interdisciplinary approach from the time of diagnosis, pediatric palliative care programs can assist with symptom and disease management, provide optimal comfort, coordinate medical services and offer emotional, social support and bereavement care for the entire family.
The pediatric palliative care team works across disciplines to support the whole family and the whole person. The team works together with the primary doctors, nurses, social workers and child life specialists to provide complete care for your child. All members of the pediatric palliative care team are dedicated to providing comfort, care and support to your child and your entire family. This care focuses on enhancing quality of life for the child and family, minimizing suffering, optimizing function and providing opportunities for personal growth. Among the team's first objectives is to learn the goals, wishes, and values of the child and family. The team helps to keep treatment plans on track with the family's original wishes and goals and helps families re-evaluate goals as circumstances change.