PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE 

 

California's only non-profit pediatric home health agency.

 

Our Pediatric Palliative Care Program

At Coastal Kids Home Care our palliative care team coordinates with physicians and nurse practitioners from pediatric specialty hospitals to ensure continuity of care from hospital to home. The goal of our palliative care program is to assess and manage the physical and emotional comfort of the child, and to ensure the family is supported throughout the course of their child’s illness.

  • Pediatric Nurses monitor pain and symptom management for children. Nurses are available 24/7 to respond to caregivers’ questions or concerns.
  • Licensed Counselors help answer questions from the child, siblings and parents and support the family in talking about what is happening. All family members also have access to one-on-one counseling.
  • Expressive Therapists help qualifying children to express their emotions through art or music therapy or assist to relieve symptoms through massage.
  • Medical Social Workers assist with practical and financial issues around ongoing care and planning. When appropriate they facilitate connections to a local faith community for spiritual care.

When curative treatment is no longer possible for a child, our palliative care team continues to respond to the needs of a child and their family without interruption. Our team offers compassionate in-home care for children at the end-of-life, and comprehensive emotional support for their families.

Our Values

Coastal Kids was founded based on the idea that children deserve high-quality home health care and that this service could be offered with very low overhead. Although the majority of the agency's patients are from families living at or below the poverty line, we are proud to say that Coastal Kids Home Care has never turned a child or family away for inability to pay—and we never want to. Thanks to our grants, event sponsorships, private donations, and tireless hours from staff, Coastal Kids has provided more than 64,000 in-home visits to 8,700 children.