Palliative care helps manage the symptoms, discomfort and stress of a chronic illness for a child. Our pediatric palliative care providers also:
Children living with chronic (ongoing) or complex illnesses often experience physical and emotional distress related to their condition. If your child has a genetic disorder, cancer, neurologic disorder, heart or lung condition, or another chronic or complex illness, palliative care may help reduce pain and enhance quality of life. Ask your doctor about palliative care if your child or any member of your family:
The palliative care process begins when a doctor refers you to our palliative care services. Or you can ask your provider for a referral if you feel palliative care may be helpful.
Yes. You do not have to change to a new primary healthcare provider when starting palliative care. The Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children palliative care team and your doctor work together to help you identify the most effective care plan for you and your family.