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Children's hospices provide respite and terminal care for children suffering from life-limiting conditions in a home-from-home environment.
Care is provided for the child and their family at no cost to them for as long as is necessary, including post bereavement support.
Hospices are usually run by charities. They organise fund-raising activities to pay for the care they provide.
You can ask your doctor, health visitor or social worker to refer you to a hospice, or you can contact the hospice yourself
There are several hospices within the region :
Claire House is a 10-bedded hospice for children with life limiting life threatening conditions and is located in Bebington on the Wirral.
In addition to caring for children and young adults they also focus on the needs of the whole family, providing bereavement and other support for as long as it is needed.
Additionally their 'Hospice to Home' service provides high quality specialist palliative care, support and respite to children, young people and their families in their home environment.
Derian House cares for terminally ill children and young people, and those with a life threatening illness from all cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
The hospice, whilst situated in Lancashire, has a catchment area which extends from Carlisle in the North down as far as Manchester in the South, and provides care 24 hours a day, not only within the hospice itself, but through its 'Hospice at Home' care facility.
In addition to the practical and emotional care and support on offer, Derian House has established a viable and invaluable network of care in Bereavement Support, which is offered to parents, grandparents and siblings.
Derian House Children's Hospice
Zoë's Place is the only Baby Hospice in the UK. They provide 24-hour, one-to-one respite and palliative nursing care for infants aged 0-5 years with life threatening or life limiting conditions.
The respite care provided at Zoë's Place is open to babies from all over the country. Each child is looked after on a 1:1 basis which means that the child has their own nurse to attend to their individual needs.
There is also a specialist Play Leader who works in tandem with a Physiotherapist to ensure that every aspect of the child's development is catered for.
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The hospice provides care for terminally ill people and give support to their carers both in the hospice and at home. Admission is arranged through your doctor or hospital consultant. Some private nursing and rest homes also specialise in the care of people who are terminally ill. Your doctor or hospital consultant should know of such homes in your area.
Willowbrook Hospice is located in Prescot close to the communities that it serves, cares for patients with life limiting diseases living in St Helens, Knowsley and the surrounding areas
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