Palliative and supportive care
Our inpatient Supportive CARE team is dedicated to optimizing quality of life for children with serious illnesses and their loved ones through seamless, holistic and family-focused care.
What is supportive care?
Supportive care, sometimes referred to as palliative care, is helpful in identifying, preventing and treating suffering in children with serious illnesses through:
- Communication and coordination of care
- Advanced care planning
- Relief of symptoms
- Emotional and spiritual support
Our team supports the ongoing treatment of the underlying illness, while at the same time striving for optimal comfort and quality of life. Supportive care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness and can be provided together with disease-directed treatment.
CARE for the whole family
When a child is seriously ill, everyone in the family can use a little extra support. Our Supportive CARE team can help ease the stress on the whole family through services such as:
- Communication between the family and medical team
- Connections to school and community resources
- Coordination among inpatient, outpatient and home settings
- Family-centered decision making
- Age-appropriate grief and bereavement counseling for siblings and parents
- Music therapy
- Pet visitation
- Therapeutic play and art activities
The right time for supportive care
It's never too early for supportive care services. Our team can be brought in at any point to help with symptoms and concerns related to a serious illness. By embracing a child-friendly, family-centered approach, we promote healing, comfort and hope.
Our Supportive CARE team includes social work, pastoral care, child life and medical providers. We collaborate with the other members of a child's medical team to provide pain and symptom management, assistance with complex medical decisions, and psychological and spiritual support.
Supportive care is provided for patients and families in our hospital setting. To request a consultation, please speak with your doctor or nurse in the hospital.