Being told that your child may not reach adulthood is something that every parent hopes will never happen and no-one can be prepared for it. For some families, finding out that their child has a serious health condition is a gradual realisation as various symptoms become apparent, and for others it can be discovered completely out of the blue during a routine health check.
When it does happen, many families don’t know where to start, emotionally or practically.
At Northwood we will try to ensure that referred families are offered the interdisciplinary and emotional support that will surround them with the people they may need as the unique journey of life for “their” family unfolds.
Our Aims are to provide a service of care that will create a warm environment of care and service for children and their families. We focus all of our care upon the 3R’s – Resilience, Research and Respite.
Our philosophy is to promote the best possible quality of life and care for every child with a life-limiting condition and to include their families in that care wherever we can.
Children who require palliative care can be cared for in various settings: in hospital, at home, or in a children’s hospice. Our focus at Northwood is to provide a 365 day, 24 Hour, “In-Patient” service at our specially created hospice home.
Holistic Care for children always includes interdisciplinary clinical care but it also ensures that through age appropriate education - the very best educational stimulation provides every child with discoveries, challenges and social interaction with their peers for as long as suitably possible.
These holistic care opportunities are all designed to bring about the greatest quality of life we can manage for every child.
As you read this, there will be families coping with the most devastating news any parent can hear: – that their much-loved child will not live to be an adult.
For some, death will come in weeks, for others it may be months or several years.
A children's hospice can help make the most of that time - providing expert medical help and professional care, and also giving emotional support and practical help, allowing the whole family to enjoy the good days and share the bad ones.
Being told that your child may not reach adulthood is something that every parent hopes will never happen and no-one can be prepared for it. When it does happen, many parents and families don’t know where to start, emotionally or practically.
At a time when families can feel so alone, the children’s hospice will concentrate on supporting and helping families.
We hope that through the benefit of professional care, our uniquely developed care plans will help families to be involved in the precious care of their children and to help them to make informed choices along the way …
At NORTHWOOD, we believe that the purpose-built hospice will provide a much-needed addition to existing clinical services and it will also help parents to have a chance to share special time with all of their children.
We hope that as the walls of the hospice begin to rise, many will see the wonder of what we hope to achieve for the children & families who will really need it.