Palliative and Supportive Care

Providing compassion and support for pediatric patients and their families

Children's of Alabama's Palliative and Supportive Care Team is a specially trained team that provides comfort care for children and their families with advanced, life-threatening or life limiting illnesses. Our team is designed to work with physicians to support patients and their loved ones. We focus on all levels of suffering including physical, social, emotional and spiritual.

Our Goals

  1. To help patients and families who are facing life-limiting/life threatening illnesses by using a team approach.
  2. To assist with end of life fears and concerns by providing compassionate care from the time of diagnosis
  3. To provide support for the family and patient with respect for their wishes and values

Our Vision

All children and their families have access to excellent pediatric palliative care

The Children's of Alabama Palliative and Supportive Care Team works together with other healthcare professionals to promote each patient's comfort and well being by helping patients and families:

  • Maintain hope
  • Preserve dignity
  • Ease the burdens of care giving
  • Experience comfort, care and peace

The Palliative and Supportive Care Team seeks to do this by providing patients and families with:

  • Symptom control
  • Pain management
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Nutritional guidance
  • Counseling
  • Social help
  • Grief counseling
  • Help setting health care goals
  • Educational programs
  • End-of life planning
  • Promote Comfort

Where do we go for palliative care?
Any nursing unit can call for a palliative care consult. You will stay with your current doctor and your current unit, and the Palliative and Supportive Care Team will visit you. In some cases, transfer out of the intensive care unit setting may be possible.

How do we get to meet the Palliative and Supportive Care Team?
If you feel that palliative care is something that could help you, your family or your child, simply talk to your nurse or doctor. They will contact the Palliative and Support Care Team.

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