Pediatric Hospice & Palliative Care

Helping children and their families face life-threatening illness.

Our goal is to give seriously ill children “more good days.”

The Circle of Life Pediatric Hospice and 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.

Circle of Life works collaboratively with the child’s healthcare team to extend additional support into the home. Our providers will walk alongside your patient and family, working together to provide excellent family-centered care. To put it simply, our goal is to give seriously ill children “more good days”.

The pediatric hospice program maximizes patient outcomes by providing:

  • Care coordination with existing care providers
  • 24/7 access to on-call pediatric hospice nurses and physicians
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Psychosocial and spiritual support for the patient and family
  • Home delivery of specialized medications and medical equipment
  • Option for inpatient hospice care for acute symptom management
  • Bereavement services

The pediatric 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.

Parents can continue aggressive interventions and treatments for their infant, child or teenager (up to 21) while benefiting from the care from our specialized hospice team. Hospice is covered by most insurance plans.

For inquiries or information about Circle of Life Pediatric Care, please call 479-750-6632.

What is Perinatal Transitions in Care?

Support for families who continue their pregnancies with babies whose lives are expected to be brief.

Circle of Life is dedicated to embracing you and your family and helping ease your way.

ADD OUR TEAM TO YOUR CARE TEAM

  • Provides family a safe, time honoring space to make decisions.
  • Encourages the best birth possible by completing a birth plan for OB and labor and delivery.
  • Provides emotional support for parents and siblings.
  • Provides continuity of care with transition to infant hospice care or bereavement services, if appropriate.

The program is offered free to families; it is grant funded and staffed with a specialized perinatal team, including bilingual staff.

The primary goal is to help families with the process of making choices about pregnancy management and after-birth care that incorporate their personal and religious beliefs and are in the best interest of their baby.

Circle of Life is dedicated to embracing you and your family and helping ease your way.

HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES

Our team is ready to help. Call us today at 479-750-6632 to learn more or to schedule a perinatal care visit.

 

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