When a child is faced with a serious or life-limiting condition, the emotional impact can be as intense as the physical symptoms. The emotional strain can dramatically affect the functioning of the child and the entire family unit, and can lead to additional physical symptoms such as stomach pain, fatigue, and headaches. Addressing the emotional effects of illness is just as important as treating the physical symptoms. Pediatric palliative care programs offer skilled practitioners and effective tools to help each child and family member to feel supported as they face challenges in the palliative care journey.
Available Supportive Services
Supportive therapies are a key element in palliative care. Patients receiving palliative services are able to access a specialized team of providers who work alongside the medical team to enhance the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual quality of life for both the patient and the family. The members of the interdisciplinary support team include massage therapists, music therapists, chaplains, social workers, and child life specialists. Child life specialists work with the patient, siblings and family members to promote positive coping through play, creative expression, and legacy building activities.
Who Can Receive Pediatric Palliative Care?
Pediatric palliative care is appropriate for children at any stage of their illness. Palliative care aims to supplement, and not to replace medical treatment for children. Beginning palliative care early in the disease process can help families navigate the medical system while allowing patients to receive aggressive, cure-focused treatment alongside comfort-focused care and support services. Infants, children, and adolescents alike can benefit from palliative services. The primary purpose of pediatric palliative care is to provide seriously or chronically ill children with the care they need to live life as fully as possible while expanding the family’s network of support.
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The interdisciplinary team and support services available through palliative care are truly invaluable. Any child with a chronic or life-limiting illness deserves care that focuses on each aspect of the child’s wellbeing. Palliative care support services are also instrumental in supporting caregivers and family members through challenging times.
Please reach out to Kids Care Of The Rockies for more information about their palliative care program.