Transitions Kids offers various levels of care designed solely around the unique needs of children (pre-natal for children with a potentially life-threatening diagnosis all the way up to age 18) facing life-limiting illness. The goal is to provide home-based supportive care services for the child and family that are focused on enhancing quality of life by reducing physical and emotional pain and distress.
A care team may include a doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, aide, family support counselor, spiritual care counselor, grief counselor, and volunteer support. The child’s current physician also serves as a member of the Transitions Kids team.
Transitions Kids FAQ
Transitions Kids offers palliative and hospice care to children and families facing serious illness. A referral to Transitions Kids doesn’t automatically mean your child is dying, a common fear families have. We offer a wide range of support based on individual need. Our team can provide medical support (nurses and physicians) and family support (social workers and spiritual care counselors). Some families receive periodic check in phone calls, others have monthly visits to provide ongoing symptom management or care coordination, while others receive a higher level of support through hospice care when their child is in the last six months of life.
Yes! Nurses with Transitions Kids do not provide hourly nursing. Both services can be provided at the same time as they are not considered a duplication of services. This is true even if a child is receiving hospice services through Transitions Kids. Many of our patients have private duty nurses and we work collaboratively with those companies.
One of the benefits of Transitions Kids is the ability to provide coordination among the multiple specialists many of our families see. As an independent agency we work collaboratively with the local hospitals and specialty clinics. This often allows for more seamless care, better communication among families and providers, and improved symptom management.
Some of Transitions Kids services (physician visits and hospice care) are billed through insurance companies. Services that are not billable are paid for by generous philanthropic support. True to our non-profit heritage, Transitions Kids provides care regardless of your insurance status or ability to pay.
The majority of all patients receive care in their home as we know that is generally where kids like to be. For children receiving hospice care, we do have our inpatient hospice facility available if a family prefers to be out of the hospital and not in their home. When a child comes to our hospice home we make the room feel like theirs with decorations, pillows, sheets, and so much more.
There is a Transitions Kids nurse available by phone or video 24/7. Children with an after-hours care plan or children receiving hospice services have a nurse available by phone and for visits 24/7.
We offer pre-natal services for children with a potentially life-threatening diagnosis all the way up to age 18. We occasionally take patients older than 18 on a case by case basis.