Pediatric Palliative Care
What Is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is special medical care for people with serious illnesses. Pediatric palliative care is focused on helping patients manage the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness — whatever the diagnosis.
The goal is to improve quality of life for patients and families. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with the patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care can be started at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be given at the same time as other treatments.
We also provide complex care for children with multiple complex medical conditions.
How We Support You
The palliative care team provides inpatient support and outpatient consultations. We provide support through:
- Assisting communication between patients, family members and health care professionals
- Expert management of pain and other symptoms
- Help navigating the complexity of the health care system
- Helping families with difficult decisions
- Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family
- Providing access to community services