Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Service (CHaPS)
A comprehensive palliative care service, including a community-based hospice, for children with life limiting illnesses and their families. Grief and bereavement support for parents and siblings is also provided.
This service provides support to children with life limiting illnesses and their families, including:
- ASSIST (Aid for Symptoms and Serious Illness Support Team) an interdisciplinary team offering support around new diagnoses of life threatening conditions, difficult decision-making and collaboration in comprehensive care planning
- consultative support for care of the dying child in hospital, hospice or community
- Rotary Flames House, a palliative care facility which offers respite, symptom management and end of life care in a home-like setting
- outpatient programming for children and their siblings
- grief support for bereaved parents of children 17 years and younger
Service Providers May Include
chaplains, child life therapists, doctors, grief support counsellors, health care aides (HCAs), registered nurses (RNs), social workers, therapists
Children 17 or younger, with serious illnesses or chronic complex conditions where progression to death, sometime in childhood, could be expected. Pregnant women who are carrying a fetus with a diagnosis of a serious condition.
Services may be provided alongside cure directed care as an added layer of support
Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.
Also Known As
Palliative Care and Grief Support
Aid for Symptoms and Serious Illness Support Team, Grief Support, Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care, Rotary Flames House