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Pediatric Palliative and Supportive Care

Pediatric palliative and supportive care is specialized medical care for infants, children and adolescents living with a serious illness (chronic or life-limiting). The aim of care is to ease symptoms associated with illness, facilitate communication between the family and the health care team, and assist with navigation and coordination of care. Our team will:

  • Work with your medical team to address your child's individual needs and care goals
  • Help your child and family understand the disease course
  • Provide recommendations and co-management of pain and symptoms impacting quality of life
  • Provide additional resources for physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs
  • Assist with decision making and care planning, helping to align your values with your child's medical care
  • Provide emotional support for the child and family related to coping with illness and grief

Palliative care can begin at any age and any stage of illness. It can be provided along with curative treatment and is based on need, not prognosis. It is best to start palliative care as early as possible to benefit both your child and your family. Talk with your child’s provider about a referral or call us at (208) 381-7095 to learn more about our services.

Highlights & Resources

  • Facilities & Locations

We offer an added layer of support for you and your child when you're dealing with a serious or life-threatening illness.

  • Location & Contact Info

    305 E. Jefferson St.
    Boise, ID 83712
    (208) 381-7095
  • Is palliative and supportive care right for my child?
    If you answer yes to one or more of the questions below, then palliative and supportive care can be beneficial for your child and family.

    • Does my child have a serious illness (chronic, life-limiting or life-threatening)?
    • Are physical or emotional symptoms from the illness impacting my child’s and/or family’s quality of life?
    • Is my child/family having difficulty coping with the stress of the serious illness?
    • Do we need help with knowing what to expect or making medical decisions about treatment choices?
    • Does my child have frequent emergency department visits and/or hospital admissions?
    • Is my child receiving care from multiple specialty providers?
  • Will my child's other providers stop seeing them?
    No. The palliative and supportive care team provides a cohesive support system and works in partnership with your child’s medical team, including primary care providers, specialists, care coordinators and therapists. The team focuses on close communication, collaboration, and co-management across specialties to promote continuity of care.

Related Resources and Programs

  • Pediatric Music Therapy

    Music therapy may lower anxiety and help take your child’s mind off treatment and pain. It may also help your child express fear and anger, and give him or her the confidence to cope with their experience.

  • Parent Mentor Program

    Caring for a child with complex medical needs can be complicated and overwhelming. Support from someone familiar with these challenges can make all the difference. Meet Megan!

  • Trusted Resources

    We recommend checking out the Courageous Parents Network and Get Palliative Care, two organizations with additional resources for children and families with complex medical needs.

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