Pediatric Palliative Care
The Circle of Life Pediatric Palliative Care program focuses on providing specialized outpatient care for children with a life-limiting illness such as genetic disorders, neurological disorders, cancer, heart and lung conditions, and others.
Palliative care seeks to enhance the child’s quality of life through symptom management while addressing psychological, social, and spiritual/existential needs of the child and family.
Palliative care is provided by a care team that works together with the child’s other doctors as an extra layer of support. The pediatric palliative care team does not replace the active treatment team.
The palliative care team takes an interdisciplinary approach to provide education, assist in the development of an individualized treatment plan, access community support services and resources, assist with communication and coordination of care, and empower the child’s caregivers in all decisions related to the child’s care and treatment. Our team understands that having a child with a life-limiting illness affects each member of the family. Our care team is here to assist families as they navigate the care needs of their child while trying to discover and maintain a sense of normalcy.
With the support of palliative care, families are better able to choose options that are in alignment with their values, beliefs, and traditions. Palliative care can be provided along with treatment intended to prolong life. The interdisciplinary team learns the goals, wishes, and values of the family and the team can help reevaluate goals as circumstances change.
For inquiries or information about Circle of Life Palliative Care, please call 479-750-6632.