We Care for Seriously Ill Children

Specialized Pediatric Care

Our specialized team works in concert with your child’s pediatrician and specialists to relieve symptoms and manage pain. Through educational and support programs, parents are given the tools to confidently care for their child at home.

Care is available for any child facing a life-limiting illness, even those who continue to receive life-extending treatment. The diagnoses for pediatric hospice care include: cancer, heart condition, lung disease, neurological disorder, premature birth, and more. Pediatric hospice care can begin as soon as a diagnosis is made and be provided throughout treatment until the final moments of life.

Our services include:

  • Expert pain management
  • Relief from symptoms
  • On-call support, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Spiritual and emotional support
  • Grief and bereavement support

We know there is no place better for you and your child than to be at home, surrounded by the people and things your child loves. We will partner with your child’s school to keep life as normal as possible there, too. If a hospital visit becomes necessary, we will stay involved to ensure continuity of care for you and your family.

Perinatal Hospice Care

Perinatal hospice care is for parents who choose to continue their pregnancies after a prenatal diagnosis that their baby has a life-limiting condition and may die before or shortly after birth. The Elizabeth Hospice offers a comprehensive program of care which includes birth planning, emotional support for the family before and after the birth, and traditional hospice care for the infant at home after the birth.

Perinatal hospice care is appropriate for a wide range of life-limiting conditions, including: anencephaly, Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18, Porter’s syndrome, severe heart defects, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, and others.

Insurance Coverage

Hospice is an elected benefit of most insurance plans, including Medicare, Medi-Cal and the VA. This coverage includes clinical staff visits, medications, and home equipment and supplies related to the terminal illness. After meeting with you and discussing your needs, we’ll verify your insurance benefits to determine your hospice coverage. If you do not have insurance, our social workers will help you and your family identify other funding options.

If you have questions about perinatal or pediatric hospice care, contact us at 760.796.3764.