Footprints Children’s Services at The Denver Hospice include specialized pediatric palliative, hospice and bereavement care.

We understand every family is different and each child is unique. At The Denver Hospice, our pediatric-trained teams have the experience and education to support each child’s individual needs while partnering with the family to meet healthcare goals.

High Quality Care

The Denver Hospice invests in pediatric training and staff certification. Our care teams include nurses certified in pediatric care by the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center, which evaluates knowledge and expertise in pediatric palliative and hospice care and verifies mastery of the subject. Our experts are respected and trusted by the medical community. It also demonstrates a commitment to safe, ethical and evidence-based pediatric care. We are who they turn to with their most acute and difficult cases.

With this dedication and commitment to pediatric training and expertise, you can trust us to be your partner in providing patients and their families with the support and services they need.

Footprints Children’s Services include

  • Palliative Care – Palliative care focuses on providing children relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of serious illness, regardless of the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the child and the family. Palliative care is provided by Optio Health Services, the palliative care program of The Denver Hospice.
  • Hospice Care – When children have been given a terminal diagnosis we provide comfort, pain relief and quality of life care. Our care teams are prepared to expertly manage pediatric symptoms and family anxiety. Our interdisciplinary care teams of physicians, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, clinical social workers, chaplains specialized bereavement services and trained/certified volunteers work together to determine needs and coordinate care. Hospice services are available in home or, when a higher level of care is needed, in the hospital or our Inpatient Care Center.
  • Concurrent Care – This form of care ensures a family does not have to choose between comfort (hospice) and curative care for their child. Through concurrent care, the patient and family can receive both at the same time.
  • Continuous Care –Advanced illness is often accompanied by severe symptoms that change over time. Unlike most hospice providers, The Denver Hospice offers continuous care in the home setting to help manage these symptoms and enhance comfort. Continuous care is provided for a set number of hours per day for a few days.
  • Respite Care – Respite care is provided when day-to-day care for a child with an advanced illness becomes physically and emotionally demanding. The Denver Hospice provides respite care offering caregivers short-term relief while assuring quality, attentive care for the child. Respite care also steps in when personal or family business requires the patient’s caregivers to leave town for a few days. Respite hospice care is usually provided at a skilled care facility.
  • Bereavement Services – Footprints Children’s Services is prepared to help children and their family in two ways:
    • Anticipatory Grief Counseling for Children. We help heal children and teens, ages 3-17, who have a loved one facing a life-limiting illness and end-of-life transition. Trained and experienced children’s grief counselors facilitate healing through art, movement and play – the ways children naturally express and process feelings. Parents and caregivers receive coaching around how to best support their child through the grief process.
    • Bereavement Counseling for Families. The Denver Hospice offers individual and group counseling to grieving families following the death of a child. We contact our patients’ families in the early stages of the grief process and invite them to participate in our newly bereaved support group. The group offers fellowship and interaction with others experiencing similar losses. We offer individual, group and specialized counseling to the bereaved for a full year after loss.

24/7 Support

With The Denver Hospice, you are not alone. Our pediatric patient support line is staffed 24/7 by registered nurses. Our size, strength and resources create seamless care — from diagnosis through treatment, from palliative care through hospice care and from anticipatory grief counseling through bereavement.

Talk to a member of our Children’s Services Admissions Team at 303-398-6200.

Download the Footprints brochure.

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