Pediatric Care and Comfort Team
The Pediatric Comfort Care team at Nicklaus Children’s is specialized in providing comfort and support for children with serious illnesses and their families.
The team’s goal is to enhance quality of life by providing the child relief from symptoms of serious illness, and reducing stress for the entire family.
Support During Serious Illness
The Pediatric Comfort Care Team supports families of children with a wide range of serious medical conditions. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:
A Team Approach to Care
The Pediatric Comfort Care team has expertise in pediatric palliative care and palliative medicine. Palliative care is comfort care to relieve symptoms of disease and side effects of treatments. In short, it helps the child and family gain strength to move forward with daily life.
The team works directly with your current doctors and nurses to provide an added layer of support. Palliative care can be provided at any age and at any stage of a serious illness to support the patient and family.
The team includes:
A Family-Centered Approach
A family-centered care team is one that spends time listening to the patient and family, working to make sure all involved know and understand options and choices. With close communication, families are better able to choose options that are in line with their values, traditions and culture. This improves the well-being of the entire family.
The Pediatric Comfort Care Team works together with your doctors to help with:
- Relief from symptoms including, but not limited to, pain, shortness of breath, lack of energy, anxiety, depression, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and problems with sleep
- Communications about goals, concerns, and treatment options
- Coordination of care among all healthcare providers, making sure everyone understands the wishes of the child and family
- Improvement of daily life
- Emotional and spiritual support
Palliative care can take place along with other treatments for disease. This benefits both the child and the family by relieving the pain and other symptoms that can make facing a serious illness so difficult.