KidsCare of the Rockies provides pediatric palliative care for children with chronic illnesses. Palliative care focuses on managing the symptoms of chronically ill pediatric patients and increasing their quality of life during the adversity of such illnesses. We hold ourselves to the philosophy that compassionate care for both patients, their family, friends and loved ones will promote the best quality of life for all to enjoy.
Our palliative care team is built from a diverse staff of physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, caregivers, spiritual aides, and other specialists.
- 1 Pediatric Palliative Care Professionals
- 2 Conditions Cared For
- 3 Pediatric Palliative Care Support & Therapies
- 4 Beginning the Pediatric Palliative Care Process
- 5 Pediatric Palliative Care FAQ’s
- 6 Deciding on Pediatric Palliative Care
- 7 KidsCare of the Rockies Can Help
Pediatric Palliative Care Professionals
KidsCare of the Rockies employees a diverse team of pediatric care professionals to provide palliative care to child patients. Our caregiving team includes:
- Certified Nursing Assistants
- Child Life Specialists
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers
- Massage Therapist
- Music Therapist
- Nurse Practitioners
- Pediatric Care Nurses
- Specialist Physicians
Conditions Cared For
Pediatric palliative care is provided by a comprehensive team of well-trained and compassionate professionals who are specialized in caring for a wide variety of chronic illnesses. These may include:
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Congenital Anomalies (Birth Defects)
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease
- Neurological Disease
- Renal Failure
- Additional Conditions
Speak to a KidsCare of the Rockies for more information on the different types of conditions that the pediatric palliative care team can manage and care for.
Pediatric Palliative Care Support & Therapies
Our pediatric palliative care team provides the following levels of care and support for patients:
- Care Coordination
- Care Goals Assistance
- Child Life Services
- Dare to Dream Program
- In-Home Care
- Massage Therapy
- Music Therapy
- Pain, Symptom, and Medication Management
- Respite Care
- Sibling and Family Support
- Volunteer Services
- 24/7 On-Call support
Beginning the Pediatric Palliative Care Process
To begin pediatric palliative care, a formal request referral must be submitted from a physician or physician designate. A palliative care provider representative will then pay visit to the patient and family after receiving the referral. If treatment and symptom management become urgent, pediatric palliative care can begin immediately before waiting for the referral process to complete. Patients and their families may also choose to file a “self referral” and issue a request for evaluation before receiving pediatric palliative care services.
Pediatric Palliative Care FAQ’s
How Does Pediatric Palliative Care Manage Symptoms?
Pediatric Palliative Care professionals work to relieve the pain, symptoms, and stresses that come with a chronic illness. Symptom management is a vital part in improving the quality of a child patient’s life by ensuring they live with as little discomfort as possible. Our team is composed of experts who are highly trained and experienced in administering pain reducing medications that will take as minimal a toll on a child’s body as possible.
In addition to pain management, KidsCare of the Rockies care team provides additional layers of care and support to address additional symptoms. Assistants will help in providing ADL support and will work to help children have better self sufficiency so they don’t feel entirely tied to their caregivers’ efforts.
Does Insurance Cover Pediatric Palliative Care?
Most insurance companies, including Medicare Part A and B will provide coverage for pediatric palliative care therapy and support. We work in collaboration with the child patient’s primary medical team to provide added care and supporting services. Be sure to check with your insurance provider on which types of palliative care services are covered before submitting a request for palliative care services coverage.
Where Is Patient Care Provided?
KidsCare of the Rockies provides palliative care for patients primarily through in-home care services. Patients and their families may also opt to receive care both at a nursing or long-term care facility. Regardless of the location, our care team provides physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual support to enhance quality of life for patients and families.
Do I Need Additional Resources for Pediatric Palliative Care?
Our pediatric palliative care coordinators will assist you with any additional pieces of equipment or services necessary to provide the best possible palliative care for your child patient. During the initial stages of care little extra equipment is necessary. However, should the patient’s condition worsen over time, additional equipment and resources may need to be provided. Our in-home caregivers and staff will provide all additional assistance necessary to ensure your child receives the most caring and comfortable support possible.
Deciding on Pediatric Palliative Care
Parents and loved ones have a strong influence on a child’s life. They can play an especially supportive and loving role when their child is dealing with a chronic illness. Decisions regarding pediatric palliative care may be difficult for children or their family to make, so it is important that family, friends and caregivers all help in making the best, most informed choice for care. Our pediatric palliative staff will assist the family in answering any questions, addressing concerns, and providing caring support during adverse times. You can speak to KidsCare of the Rockies for more information on how to handle making a decision on pediatric palliative care.
KidsCare of the Rockies Can Help
KidsCare of the Rockies provides pediatric palliative care to positively change a patient and their loved ones’ overall quality of life. For more information on pediatric palliative care and help in determining if the time is right to choose pediatric palliative care, contact KidsCare of the Rockies.