Hospice Quinte is joining the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the Canadian Network for Palliative Care for Children (CNPCC), this October 13th, to raise awareness about the importance of pediatric hospice palliative care, in honour of Canada’s first ever National Children’s Hospice Palliative Care Day.

Pediatric hospice palliative care is an active, holistic approach to care which focuses on relieving the physical, social, psychological and spiritual suffering experienced by children and families who face a progressive, life-threatening condition, and helping them fulfill their physical, psychological, social and spiritual goals.

“One of the most common misconceptions about hospice palliative care is that it’s provided to only the elderly”, says Jennifer May-Anderson, Hospice Quinte Executive Director. “While the number of children who require hospice palliative care is smaller in comparison to adults and seniors, across the country and here in Quinte, the impact of a child’s life-limiting illness and passing is considerable”.

Hospice Quinte’s Visiting Hospice service is available, at no-cost, to families living within the Quinte region who are caring for a child in the terminal stage of a life limiting illness. Volunteers are professionally trained to visit with palliative patients, focusing on comfort and companionship, and to provide safe respite to their caregivers.

Hospice Quinte volunteers can provide up to four hours of service each week, to be scheduled as needed. They provide social, emotional, and practical support to the patient and their family, friends, and caregivers. Volunteer visits can be made in homes, and in both Belleville General Hospital and Trenton Memorial Hospital.

For more information about National Children’s Hospice Palliative Care Day, please visit https://www.chpca.ca/HPCforChildren

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–Dame Cicely Saunders