Pediatric Palliative Care

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"Palliative care and hospice care are not the same thing. Palliative care is appropriate for any patient with a severe condition and uncertain future. Hospice care is a specific type of palliative care for patients in the last six months of life.
Palliative care
Palliative care focuses on living as fully as possible. That"s why the American Academy of Pediatrics says the goal is to "add life to the child"s years, not simply years to the child"s life."
When can it start? Palliative care can start at the time of diagnosis.
Services: Support for your child and family includes:
Working to relieve pain or suffering.
Guiding families through complex decisions.
Providing emotional and spiritual support.
Making sure your values and preferences play a part in conversations about care.
Philosophy: We share in your family"s hopes for the best possible outcome, and we prepare for what might happen if those hopes aren"t realized."

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