Akron Children's Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center provides care to children, prenatal to young adult, with complex, chronic or serious conditions and their families, enhancing quality of life in partnership with cure-directed care. Read More...
Pediatric palliative care focuses on children, prenatal to young adult, with complex, chronic or serious conditions and their families, enhancing quality of life in partnership with cure-directed care.
Our specialized team of providers includes:
This team works in collaboration with your child’s other health care providers and specialists, helping to provide seamless care coordination and communication, and aiding you in making informed choices about difficult medical decisions.
Palliative care patients receive comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to control pain and other symptoms. Your child receives support for emotional, psychological, practical, spiritual, educational and developmental issues which may contribute to suffering or interfere with healing.
Care is customized for each patient and family, by allowing you to choose from a variety of available services, according to your needs.
When a child faces a chronic condition or a serious illness, families often feel as if life has become a roller coaster ride. Palliative care is here to provide support along the journey, no matter what the outcome may be.
Our palliative care program is appropriate when:
Even if your child is in a neonatal or pediatric intensive care unit, or in an acute care setting, she can benefit from the pain control, symptom management, care coordination, or additional family support offered through our program.
A terminal diagnosis is not required. We care for children with both cancer and non-cancer diagnoses such as leukodystrophy, congenital heart disease, cerebral palsy and mitochondrial disease.
We have found our care to be most beneficial when we begin the journey with the family at the time of diagnosis and continue with them for as long as they may need.
The Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating compliance with the commission's national standards for healthcare quality and safety in pediatric palliative care.
Working from a care plan determined jointly with each patient and family, Akron Children’s palliative care team partners with medical professionals as they:
We provide palliative care in any setting – home, outpatient clinic, long-term care facility or hospital.
We're also available for round-the-clock consultations as needed, in the hospital or at home. We make home visits as necessary and can provide feedback for primary care and subspecialty clinicians to improve care without making families come in for another visit.
A child does not have to be an Akron Children's Hospital patient to use our palliative care services.
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