What type of life-limiting illness is appropriate for care?
There are numerous illnesses/conditions that can be life-limiting to children, such as: cancer, severe genetic disorders, end stage diseases of an organ system (heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, etc.), neurological degenerative diseases (Battens Disease, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, etc.), or conditions from traumatic injury. Any such disease or condition may be appropriate for care.
When should hospice care begin?
A referral to the Montgomery Kids Team should be initiated when your child has a life-limiting illness and the physician has determined the need for additional support in comfort care, symptom management, and pain control. This early intervention will enhance your child’s comfort, as well as to provide spiritual and emotional support to your child and family.
Can my child continue to see their primary doctor?
Yes, your child can continue to be treated as before, with the addition of the expertise of the MKids team to assist with pain and symptom control, and psychosocial and spiritual needs. The medical professionals will work together to provide concurrent care, as determined by the patient and family’s goals.
Can my child continue to attend school?
Yes, MKids team encourages the child and family to continue activities (school, vacations, etc.) to promote quality of life.
How is pediatric hospice care different from general hospice care?
A primary difference between pediatric hospice care and general hospice care is that curative treatments usually stop when an adult patient enters general hospice care. With pediatric care, curative treatments can continue alongside hospice services.
Is a DNR required to be in Mkids pediatric care?
No, it is not necessary to have a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate order) in place to be in our care.
How do we get started with care?
Call us at 301-921-4400. An order from your child’s physician is required, and we can help coordinate that call for you.
How is the program paid for?
Medicaid and many insurance companies will pay for hospice and palliative care. We do not turn away ANYONE due to payment limitations.