For Families & Patients

Palliative care supports people with a life-limiting illness and their families to live, die and grieve well.

Children & young people

Ricky-and-volunteerPalliative care is helpful for children and young people with life limiting conditions and their families. It aims to provide the best quality of life and care possible and to support the family.

Families are supported to care for their child or young person at home as often as possible. This may include:

  • Home visits by members of the palliative care team, including medical, nursing, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or play therapy.
  • Coordinated care by linking families with available hospital and community services.
  • Out of home respite and end of life care (for example by Very Special Kids).
  • School visits to help teachers and other staff facilitate and understand the support that is needed to allow a child with a life limiting illness attend school.
  • Bereavement support for parents, siblings and other family members.

There may be times when an admission to hospital may be necessary. Palliative care is also able to provide care in this setting.