Palliative Care Services
The role of pediatric palliative care at Children's Hospital is to enhance a child's physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being. We focus on infants, children and young adults diagnosed with serious illnesses and provide compassionate care and support for your entire family.
Pediatric palliative care can begin at diagnosis and continues throughout treatment, to allow your child to live the best life possible with a medical condition. We provide our services for children with both curable and incurable illnesses. These include genetic diseases, heart and lung diseases, neuromuscular disorders, cancer and complications of prematurity. Pediatric palliative care also provides support for your family as you discuss your goals, hopes, fears and wishes.
Our team comprises providers specially trained in pediatric palliative care. We work closely with your child's other medical team members including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and child life specialists.
Our team can help as soon as your child is diagnosed with a serious illness. We meet with your family for the first time in the hospital or in any clinic at Vanderbilt. Once our team is involved, we continue to support your child and family during hospitalizations, at regularly scheduled clinic appointments and at home if desired.
The pediatric palliative care team
- Communicates regularly with children, families, and medical teams
- Helps support families with medical decision-making
- Assists with acute and chronic pain and symptom management
- Honors family beliefs, values and preferences
- Provides emotional support for the whole family
- Arranges hospice and end-of-life care when needed