Comfort Crew—Pediatric Hospice Care

When a child is seriously ill, nothing else matters. The entire family faces many challenges and Comfort Crew is here to help. We focus on maximizing the quality of life of every child in our care and are privileged to offer our services and support to help meet the needs of the child, parents, siblings and extended family members.

Eligibility


Children between the ages of newborn and 21, who have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness and reside in Westchester County, are eligible for our services.

The Team


Our team of professionals are trained in pediatric palliative care and understand the complicated and emotional aspects of a progressive life limiting illness. The Pediatric Team includes a pediatric intensivist who specializes in pain management and is certified in hospice and palliative care, Registered Nurses, licensed Medical Social Workers, Spiritual Counselors, Licensed Bereavement Counselors, Certified Home Health Aides and Volunteers. The team creates a partnership with the child’s primary physician in an effort to provide comprehensive continuity of care.


Comfort Crew


Patient and Family Centered Care


Comfort Crew provides education and assistance to families as they make complex and difficult decisions. An individualized plan of care is developed with direction from the child (when appropriate) and parents. The plan is continually reviewed and adjusted to address the child and family’s changing needs. We provide support and education for the siblings or other extended family members who may be struggling with complicated feelings and emotions during this time.


Collaboration with Primary Physician


Comfort Crew recognizes the importance of the primary physician and their relationship with the child and family as an integral part of the plan of care. We appreciate and welcome the opportunity to collaborate with them.


Pain and symptom Management


Our goal is to enhance the child’s quality of life by increasing their physical and emotional comfort. This is achieved through the implementation of traditional medical modalities as well as expressive therapies. These therapies, which include art, music, massage, reflexology and pet therapy all help increase well-being by decreasing stress. They are available to the family members as well as the child.


Bereavement


The death of a child brings with it a range of unique and ongoing challenges for the individual and the family. Our bereavement specialists, trained in helping families navigate the loss of a child, will be available throughout the child’s illness and after the death. Family counseling and individual support is available for up to a year after the loss of a child.



“Losing our son, Michael so soon after his birth, was an extremely painful experience for my husband and me. We were fortunate to have the support and care from Hospice of Westchester...”

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