KidsCare of the Rockies provides pediatric palliative care for children, a type of medical care focused on improving the quality of life for patients struggling with a chronic or serious illness. Serving as a comprehensive approach to promoting the comfort and wellbeing of patients, palliative care focuses on attending to a child’s holistic needs as well as their physical ailments. By focusing on managing symptoms and increasing their quality of life, pediatric palliative care aims to attend to the physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their families.
At KidsCare of the Rockies, we provide comprehensive palliative care services for all children and young adults suffering a life-limiting illness, regardless of their age, condition, or stage of illness. Our palliative care team is built from a diverse staff of physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, caregivers, spiritual aides, and other specialists, who work together to provide individually tailored care for our patients and their families. We hold ourselves to the philosophy that compassionate care for patients, relatives and friends will promote the best quality of life for all.
- 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 Choose Pediatric Palliative Care
Pediatric Palliative Care Professionals
KidsCare of the Rockies employees a diverse team of pediatric care professionals to provide comprehensive palliative care to child patients. Our caregiving team includes:
- Specialist Physicians
- Nurse Practitioners
- Pediatric Care Nurses
- Certified Nursing Assistants
- Child Life Specialists
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers
- Massage Therapists
- Music Therapists
Conditions Cared For
Pediatric palliative care practitioners include a variety of professionals who are specialized in caring for a wide variety of chronic illnesses including:
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Congenital Anomalies (Birth Defects)
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease
- Neurological Disease
- Renal Failure
- Additional Conditions
Pediatric Palliative Care treats nearly every symptom a person may experience including (but not limited to):
- Stress and anxiety
- Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain and Fatigue
- Delirium (agitation)
- Constipation and diarrhea
- Congestion, coughing and other respiratory issues
- Edema (swelling)
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
In addition to a primary pediatric care team, KidsCare of the Rockies also offers a variety of secondary support options and integrative therapies to help improve the quality of life for both our patients and their families. These services include:
- 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 a visit to the patient and their family after receiving the referral to complete an assessment, and initiate enrollment.
If treatment and symptom management become urgent, pediatric palliative care can begin immediately before waiting for the referral process to be completed. 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 emotional, psychological and psycho-social symptoms as well. In addition, assistants will help in providing ADL (activities of daily living) support and will work to help children have better self sufficiency so they do not feel entirely reliant on their caregivers.
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 what 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, however, patients or their families may also opt to receive care both at a nursing or long-term care facility.
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. 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 the additional assistance necessary to ensure your child receives the most caring and comprehensive care available.
Choose Pediatric Palliative Care
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. Our pediatric palliative staff will assist you and your family in answering any questions and addressing your concerns with palliative care. Contact us today to find out more and to initiate a positive change in your love’s ones quality of life.