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Pediatric Hospice Care

You Don’t Have to Give Up Hope to Find Comfort In Hospice.

As part of our pediatric bereavement services, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health provides hospice care for children facing a terminal illness. No one is ever ready to face the possibility of the end of a child’s life, which is why hospice care and concurrent treatment are offered for patients 20 years and younger. This allows families to continue treatment, while also gaining the comfort of hospice care during a difficult time.

Personalized service and a coordinated plan of care combine to meet the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of patients facing the end of life. Our integrated team of trained professionals understands how to care for pediatric patients, who have very different needs than adults, especially during this time of transition.

Hospice care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to any family with a child facing a life-limiting illness with a life expectancy of six months or less. We provide specialized end-of-life care, focusing on compassion at a patient’s bedside, whether at home or in the hospital.

The interdisciplinary team includes pediatric physicians, a pediatric nurse practitioner and other professionals trained in pediatrics. Frequent communication between clinical staff and the primary care physician ensure that patient and family needs are met and constantly reassessed. We consistently exceed the state and national benchmarks for patient satisfaction. Riley at IU Health hospice also conducts institutional, board-reviewed clinical research regarding end-of-life care, helping to advance hospice care knowledge and procedures.