Hospice Care Service
Our children’s hospice is dedicated to caring for children with palliative care needs and their families. The care and support we provide to families at LauraLynn House is as follows:
We offer family support programmes that allow families to be together as a family unit, to have fun together, to meet other families in similar circumstances, and support them along their journey.
Families may need support to manage changing symptoms. Evaluation and management of a child’s physical, psychological, and social distress improves the quality of life for the child and family.
LauraLynn’s Hospice Care Team works with the child’s primary medical team, community services (community palliative care, primary care, and the Children’s Outreach Nurses) to ensure the family’s wishes for location of death are met where possible – at LauraLynn House, at home, or in the hospital.
The aim of LauraLynn’s bereavement support is to assist families in their experience of loss during a child’s life; beginning at the point of acceptance to LauraLynn’s service, throughout the course of their condition, around the time of the child’s death, and in the weeks, months, and years that follow. There are services to support the entire family including extended family.
Planned Short Break Stays
Planned Short Break Stays provide short-term planned breaks for the child and family ranging from a couple of hours in the family home to several nights at LauraLynn House, our purpose-built hospice building.
Unplanned Short Break Stays
Unplanned Short Break Stays provide immediate placement for children in the event of an emergency within a family. Families can contact the hospice at any time, day or night if in crisis.
Step-Down Care provides an opportunity for families to adjust to the transfer of their child from the children’s/maternity hospital to home. We work with families to ensure that supports are in place and that they are empowered to care for their child at home. If appropriate, Planned and Unplanned Short Break Stays are available following discharge from Step-Down Care.
Residential Care Service
Residential care is currently provided to a small number of families of children with life-limiting conditions, where the family cannot provide that care within their own family home. This may be provided on a part-time basis, where the child spends part of the week at home and part of the week in residential care. It also maybe full-time where the child’s main residence is at LauraLynn and where possible the child goes home for week-ends and holidays to their family.
Our residential care service is no longer available for new admissions in keeping with current strategy and national policy. We will continue to support and care for a small number of young people who have been residing at LauraLynn for many years.
You can find more information on our Family Care Provision here.