Palliative Care For Children - Where Can It Be Delivered?

Palliative Care For Children - Where Can It Be Delivered?

Palliative care can be delivered in a number of settings in New Zealand.

Key points to remember about palliative care

  • palliative care is the care provided to children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, and their families/whānau
  • it focuses on comfort and quality of life and support for the child and their family/whānau

Where can palliative care be delivered?

Palliative care can be delivered in a number of settings. These are the main options available in New Zealand.

Home

Many families/whānau; wish to care for their children at home because they feel secure there and are better able to control their daily routine. It also increases the opportunity for parents, siblings, friends and family of the child to help with their care. Families may find the support of a homecare team for children - alone or in combination with a palliative care service - helpful when they are at home.

There will always be a bed available in the hospital ward if at any time you feel hospital care is more appropriate. Staff at the hospital are also available to provide guidance and advice regarding the care of children at home.

Hospital 

While most symptoms can be readily controlled at home, some children may need admission to hospital from time to time and some families may feel unable to care for their child at home for various reasons. Hospital staff try, wherever possible, to care for children in a private room and provide a comfortable environment for the family. Children and families have access to the support of all members of the hospital's healthcare team including doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and others.

This page last reviewed 07 April 2017.
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