HOW CAN GILCHRIST KIDS HELP

Gilchrist Kids is committed to providing the finest care through the end of life for the youngest patients with life-limiting conditions and care and support for their devastated loved ones. Our young patients receive care from an interdisciplinary team of pediatric clinicians – including nurses, social workers, chaplains, hospice aides, a child life specialist and bereavement counselors – as well as specially-trained pediatric volunteers, all working under the guidance of our nationally-renowned medical director, Dr. Nancy Hutton, a expert in the care of young patients in the end of life.

It is the goal of our Gilchrist Kids team to help terminally-ill infants, children, teens and young adults to “live well” during their final months, weeks and days, and to provide their loved ones with the support they need during their most difficult time.

The team offers an array of services designed to ensure that our Gilchrist Kids families can lead their lives as fully as possible. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Gilchrist Kids team provides: 

  • Nursing care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Education about disease progression and patient safety
  • Medications and medical supplies delivered to the home
  • Hands-on personal care from hospice aides
  • Emotional and social support
  • Assistance in accessing benefits, navigating the healthcare system, and decision making
  • Guidance in seeking out appropriate available community resources
  • Spiritual support
  • Child life care, including sibling support and memory-making
  • Volunteer services
  • Bereavement support for family, friends, and the child’s community
  • Community outreach and education about helping grieving children.

 

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