The Hummingbird Program provides palliative care to children with complex life-limiting medical conditions and their families. Pediatric palliative care is the active care of a child's body, mind and spirit. The palliative care team also provides support to family members. Care can begin at any time- whether it is when an illness is diagnosed or while a child is receiving curative or life-prolonging treatment.

As a family-centered program, the Hummingbird team helps to involve families in decision-making, offers support and expertise to help with distressing symptoms, and facilitates care in the inpatient, outpatient, and home settings.

Palliative Care is:

  • Focused on enhancing quality of life for a child and family.
  • Intended to guide and assist child/family in making decisions that are aligned with their identified goals of care
  • Provided by an interdisciplinary team that works with the child, family, and the child's doctors to provide an extra layer of support.
  • Appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with disease- modifying treatment.
  • Assistance in improving coordination of care and communication with health care providers.
  • Tailored to meet the needs of each individual

Palliative care is NOT:

  • Giving up on my child or my patient
  • Only for patients with cancer
  • For patients with six months or less to live
  • Forgoing disease-modifying treatment
  • One size fits all
  • Taking over care from my primary medical team
  • Losing hope
  • Withdrawing care
  • Hastening or postponing death
  • Hospice
  • DNR

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