The care we offer

The hospices that form CHaL care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and provide support and respite for their families. Our six hospices tailor the care they offer to the needs of the individual child, focus on enhancing quality of life and giving support to the whole family from the point of diagnosis, through life until death. We also support families during the bereavement process.

Many of the conditions faced by the children we support are genetic and extremely rare; and some of the children may live for many years through into adulthood.

Children’s hospices exist to help these children live life as fully as possible. We look beyond a child’s medical needs to discover what makes them sad, what makes them smile and what makes them laugh. We want to create environments where they can be children, not just patients. Our hospices allow families to come together and create memories and precious moments.

Our hospices offer*:

We offer practical advice and clinical support from paediatric palliative nurses and specialist carers, to help alleviate the symptoms of childhood illnesses, reduce hospital admissions and manage the effects of incredibly complex medical conditions and disabilities.
We support families as they look after children with life-limiting conditions, offering practical care and emotional support in their own homes as far as possible, which can make a real difference to family life.
Looking after a child with complex needs in the long term can be incredibly difficult. Our teams provide day or night respite care and trusted companionship for children and families, led by specialist carers and play professionals, in the family’s choice of home, hospice, or in the community.
We offer round the clock care from paediatric palliative nurses at the end of a child’s life and bereavement support after a child has died, to ensure that families receive the best possible assistance at the most distressing time of their lives.
We can provide care in an emergency situation, giving families peace of mind that the hospice can be on-hand to care for their child.
Our hospices help to build a supportive community network for parents, children and the wider family, providing a range of services including activities and events for brothers and sisters, fun days out, peer-to-peer support groups, counselling and helping family members find and access other appropriate services.
We provide counselling to the family both pre and post bereavement for as long as it is needed
We offer a range of music, art, play and physiotherapy for children as well as complementary therapies for parents.
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*The six CHaL hospices broadly offer similar services although they do vary depending on the individual hospice and local needs.