Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Service (CHaPS)
A comprehensive palliative care service, including a community-based hospice, for children with serious illnesses and their families. Bereavement support for parents after death of a child 0-17 is also provided.
Consultation is provided to all clinicians in Southern Alberta.
This service provides support to children with serious illnesses and their families, including:
- ASSIST (interprofessional team) support around new diagnoses of life threatening conditions, difficult decision-making, support with transition from hospital to a community, and collaboration in comprehensive care planning
- consultative support for care of the dying child, at home or in hospital
- grief support for bereaved parents of children 17 years and younger
- Rotary Flames House, a palliative care facility which offers end of life care in a home-like setting
Rotary Flames House
18 Children's Drive NW
Hours of Operation
24 hour service
Service Providers May Include
chaplains, child life therapists, doctors, grief support counsellors, nursing assistants, registered nurses (RNs), social workers
Children 17 or younger with serious illnesses or chronic complex conditions where progression to death, some time in childhood, would not be surprising. Services may be provided alongside care towards cure or control of a condition, as an added layer of support for as long as is appropriate. Antenatal referral of mothers may occur when they are carrying a fetus with a diagnosis of a serious condition.