Wings of Compassion
Through Wings of Compassion, Hospice of Southern Maine's Pediatric Family Support Program, children in the end stages of a life-limiting illness receive exceptional care—and their families receive compassionate support. Wings of Compassion meets a range of emotional and spiritual needs.
Wings of Compassion pediatric family support program provides nurturing and supportive services in the home to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Children continue to receive their prescribed medical treatment with a focus on relieving symptoms and managing pain. Wings of Compassion helps transition the child to the home setting after prolonged hospital care, provides emotional support to the patient and family members and supports the family after a death.
Who will be part of our care team?
The Wings of Compassion team is comprised of skilled, certified volunteers trained in hospice and supportive care. Each volunteer is specially trained to work with children and their families in the midst of end-of-life issues, The team is deeply committed to providing everything needed to guide children and their families through the crisis of illness and dying in a way that helps lessen fear and uncertainty.
A Volunteer Coordinator will serve as the case manager and services provided will be guided by an Interdisciplinary Care Team upon admission and monthly thereafter. Volunteers will be assigned to a particular family for six month intervals, at which point a new volunteer may be assigned. Chaplains are available for emotional and spiritual support as needed.
Each patient's Tidewaters team consists of:
- Volunteer Coordinator
- Social Worker (when needed)
- Bereavement Coordinator
Services do not include clinical nursing care, home health aides or medical supervision.
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