Pediatric Palliative Care is a type of medical care focused on improving the quality of life for children living with a chronic or serious illness. Palliative care is available for children with a variety of diagnoses, regardless of their age, condition, or stage of illness. Serving as a comprehensive approach to promoting the comfort and well-being of children, palliative care focuses on attending to a child’s holistic needs as well as their physical ailments. In this way, palliative care assesses and addresses the physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of children and their families.
In this post, consider the top 5 ways pediatric palliative care can benefit your child and family, and learn more about the pediatric palliative care experience.
Pediatric Palliative Care: Top 5 Benefits
1. Expert Pain & Symptom Management
Pediatric palliative care provides access to a vast community of expert clinicians who will assess, alleviate and monitor the pain and distress your child experiences throughout their disease or illness. This includes taking care of their physical ailments (offering relief from pain and distress) as much as providing psychological and emotional care (by providing relief from stress and anxiety). By focusing on a child’s physical, psychological and emotional needs, pediatric palliative care aims to eliminate all unsettling experiences caused by living with a life-limiting illness.
2. Holistic Care (Physical, Social, Emotional, Spiritual)
Pediatric Palliative Care is provided by a multi-person team of expert doctors, nurses, social workers, and other support staff who work together to address all of a child’s needs. This includes attending to their emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing as much as to their physical needs. In palliative care, the focus is always on improving the quality of life for the child and their family. By focusing on the whole needs of everyone involved, we ensure that children and their families receive the highest quality of care possible.
3. Guidance and Therapy to Support Individual Needs
Pediatric palliative care also provides a range of integrative therapies and services to further enhance the quality of life for children and their families. Palliative support therapies include music therapy, massage therapy and child life services to help support goals of care. These services are designed to provide a personalized break from traditional care, minimize stress and promote positive well-being for children throughout their palliative care experience. Furthermore, in an ongoing effort to include family members and siblings in the healthcare experience, palliative care also offers sibling and family support to facilitate familial communication and bonding.
4. Emphasis on Quality Of Life
At KidsCare of the Rockies, we spend an enormous amount of time talking to children and their families, determining what things matter most to them, and taking steps to actualize their goals. Moreover, by setting aside time for play and other activities, we give children room to explore, learn and have fun throughout their care experience.
5. Access to Secondary Support & Community Services
In addition to a primary pediatric care team, pediatric palliative care also offers a variety of secondary support options which can help give you more control over how your child is cared for, assist you in carrying on with daily life and assist in providing guidance to make the best decisions possible for your child. These services include Care Coordination, Care Goals Assistance, In-Home and Respite Care services, Volunteer Service and 24/7 On-Call Support.
Pediatric palliative professionals will also offer practical advice for families for making difficult medical decisions and about caring for their children in a variety of settings. This can help parents and caregivers feel more confident that they are making the “right choice” for their child and their family as a whole.
Speak To KidsCare Of The Rockies For More Information
As we’ve seen, pediatric palliative care is a holistic, multidisciplinary, and multi-layered approach aimed at combating the complex issues related to the care of children and families living with a chronic life-limiting illness. Ultimately, the goal of pediatric palliative care is to enable children to live the best way possible for as long as possible, while ensuring that they receive the personalized care and attention they deserve.
Contact KidsCare of the Rockies to learn more about pediatric palliative care and its benefits. Our qualified palliative care providers will work with the child’s physicians to create a personalized care plan for your child, based on their care needs and your care preferences. Find out how our sympathetic, experienced pediatric pediatric care network can significantly improve the quality of life for your child and family, today!