Children’s Hospice Care

Children's Hospice CareBetsy Bumblebee brings honey to Casey Caterpillar comforting him for his loss. She represents our children’s hospice program bringing compassionate care to children with a life-limiting illness. Family Hospice has cared for a small number of children each year, but as you can imagine, very few parents come to the point of seeking comfort over curative care, holding out the hope for a cure or lengthening the life of their child. Fortunately, due to healthcare reform, families will not have to make this difficult choice, allowing children enrolled in either Medicaid or CHIP to receive hospice services without foregoing curative treatment related to the terminal illness. Led by Associate Medical Director, Carol Butler, MD, a Board Certified Pediatrician and Hospice & Palliative Medicine physician, the Wings of Hope professionals–pediatric, end-of-life experts–will provide specialized medical care and support with honesty and sensitivity to meet the needs of communities’ most vulnerable – the children. Each professional has been specially trained to ease the strain of not only the child’s illness, but to empower the family.

childrens-hospice-indianaWhat can your child receive?

  • Skilled Nursing
  • Aide and Homemaker Services
  • Dietitian
  • PT, OT, ST and Massage Therapy
  • Emotional, Spiritual and Grief Support
  • 24-Hour On-Call Support
  • Pain, Symptom and Wound Management
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Specialized Pediatric Medical Equipment
  • Education and Training

Can a child receive curative treatment and hospice care together?

Yes, the families of children who are covered under Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will be able to receive curative treatment and quality end-of-life care from hospice.