Pediatric hospice care is a specialized type of healthcare service for pediatric patients who are dealing with a life-limiting illness, as well as their families, friends and caregivers. Pediatric hospice care is designed to focus on enhancing a child’s quality of life by managing their pain and other symptoms, as well as attending to their emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Moreover, the hospice care model relies on an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual aids and other medical professions who work together to enhance the quality of life for child patients and their families.
- 1 Pediatric Hospice Care Team
- 2 Conditions Cared For
- 3 Pediatric Hospice Care FAQs
- 4 When Can We Start Pediatric Hospice Care?
- 5 How to Decide on Pediatric Hospice Care
- 6 KidsCare of the Rockies Can Help
Pediatric Hospice Care Team
Pediatric hospice care’s coordinated services are comprised of specialized teams of compassionate pediatric hospice care professionals who provide care for the physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms associated with a life-limiting illness. These teams include professionals such as: physicians, nursing staff, licensed clinical social workers, and spiritual guides, and other therapists who attend to your child’s needs on every front. Symptom management is provided to ensure your child’s comfort and security, which emotional, spiritual and psycho-social aid is provided to ensure that they get the most out of life while they live with their illness.
Conditions Cared For
Pediatric hospice care is administered by a team of highly skilled, compassionate professionals who specialize in caring for a broad range of pediatric life-limiting illnesses, including:
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Congenital Anomalies
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease
- Neurological Disease
- Renal Failure
- Additional Conditions
Pediatric Hospice Care FAQs
Is Pediatric Hospice a Facility?
Specialized pediatric hospice care is not defined by a true location. While patients can receive pediatric hospice in a nursing or long-term care facility, the majority of patients receive care in the comfort of their own home. The goal of pediatric hospice is to promote the best quality of life possible for a patient and their family, no matter which setting they choose.
Are any Special Devices or Large Changes in my Home Necessary?
KidsCare of the Rockies will provide assistance with equipment allocation to ensure that your child has access to all the items that they need, when they need it. Our pediatric hospice coordinators will work with you to address your child’s special needs and coordinate obtaining any necessary equipment, free of charge. Our team of hospice care professions will also work together provide assistance in securing the necessary medication, medical supplies, hospital equipment and other items that your child may need.
Does Insurance Cover Pediatric Hospice Care?
Many insurance providers will offer coverage for pediatric hospice care. Medicare and Medicaid often provide national health benefits to assist in the insurance coverage of hospice care. Moreover, many private health insurance providers are also able to cover pediatric hospice care, however, it is important for caregivers to consult with their insurance provider to ensure that they are covered. KidsCare can assist you in the process and recommend insurance programs that cover pediatric hospice care.
When Can We Start Pediatric Hospice Care?
Pediatric hospice care may begin once your child’s primary physician or physician designee, makes a formal referral for pediatric hospice care on your child’s behalf. All you have to do is ask.
From there, a KidsCare of the Rockies representative will usually begin by making a call within a 48 hour period after receiving the referral and approval from a physician to set up an appointment with the family. In situations that require urgent care, KidsCare of the Rockies can begin immediately in place of waiting for a referral to be processed. The patient and their family also have the option of choosing a “self referral”, indicating their request for an evaluation of their child before beginning pediatric hospice care services.
How to Decide on Pediatric Hospice Care
The decision on pediatric hospice care can be a very difficult and sensitive process. It is important to address your questions and concerns before you enroll your child in pediatric hospice care services. Please reach out to KidsCare of the Rockies if you have any questions. Our team will be glad to assist in the decision making process.
KidsCare of the Rockies Can Help
Ready to help your child achieve the best quality of life possible? KidsCare of the Rockies specializes in providing compassionate, mission-driven hospice care to dramatically improve our patients and their loved ones’ overall quality of life. Contact a KidsCare of the Rockies pediatric hospice care professional for more information about securing our services for your child.