For parents, whose children are affected by life-limiting conditions, the Pediatric Palliative Care Clinic at the Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada offers the kind of help they need. Never before have these services been available on an outpatient clinic basis. For many Nevada families, this is groundbreaking.
Pediatric palliative care is not imminent, end-of-life hospice care, although many people may have that impression. For example, a child who is diagnosed with a congenital condition may live for many years. But if that child is being cared for at home, parents are responsible for coordinating the best care, as well as dealing with a complex medical system, serious medical decisions and a multitude of insurance issues.
That’s where the Pediatric Palliative Care Clinic can help. The physicians and medical staff provide a comprehensive model for care, and help parents make the best decisions allowing the highest quality of life for their child. Every patient will be seen by a team of specialists, depending on the diagnosis. That team can include a physician, nurse practitioner, physical therapist, psychologist, or integrative therapy provider.