St. Francis Pediatric Palliative Care

About Pediatric Palliative Care

Pediatric palliative care is specialized medical care for children with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing children with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the child and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with a patient’s primary health care team to provide an extra layer of support and multi-disciplinary services for the child and for the child's family. Pediatric palliative care is appropriate at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatments​ such as chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, hospitalization.

Our Services

Our team provides a variety of support services, including:

  • Easing pain and other symptoms. We improve the patient’s and family’s quality of life by easing the child’s pain and managing symptoms.
  • Establishing goals of care. The palliative care team works closely with the family and the child’s health care providers to establish treatment goals and clarify priorities of care.
  • Health care decision making. Our team explains complicated terms, discusses care options with the family and helps them make decisions based on their values, traditions and preferences.
  • Emotional support. We provide emotional, social and spiritual support to help patients and families carry on with everyday life.
  • Communicating with providers to coordinate care. We provide communication among the patient, family and health care team to give families the information and guidance needed to make the best health care decisions for their child. We also promote continuity of care between services and multiple admissions.
  • Sibling support. We understand that when one family member is hospitalized, the entire family is affected. Our team helps siblings understand their brother’s or sister’s diagnosis or medical care. We also help support continued bonds and normal family experiences during extended separations and disruption to family routines caused by hospitalization.
  • Integrating community resources. We work with community resources to link hospital programs with community-based home care.

Who We Treat

We treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Genetic disorders
  • Premature birth
  • Heart and lung conditions
  • Neurological disorders

If your child’s condition is not listed, please contact us to learn how we can help.

If you have any questions or would like more information, give us a call: 321-269-4240

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