Coastal Kids Home Care
This grant is the Coastal Kids Home Care portion of an innovative collaborative grant totalling $225,000 shared with Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services and Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition/Partnership for Children. These three non-profits, collectively called The Pediatric Collaborative, will work together to provide comprehensive set of home nursing care and other services for critically and terminally ill children in Monterey County and San Benito County, as well as emotional, practical and bereavement support for their families.
At the age of 10, Olivia was diagnosed with lymphoma, became critically ill and had to leave school. She needed chemotherapy and other treatments from her Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital physicians. But her parents had no way to get her there or knew how to handle the follow up from these appointments. They were very worried about how to get Olivia the help she needed. Coastal Kids and its collaborative partners were able to provide home nursing care, transportation, and family supportive services as Olivia went through her treatments. Today, though her future is still uncertain, Olivia is 12 and attending school every day.
When a child has critical or terminal illness, the stress, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty profoundly affect the entire family. These families face difficult decisions about their child’s treatment and care, and often experience challenges with transportation or other family issues. This funding helps families bridge these challenges as Coastal Kids Home Care provides home nursing care and works with its other collaborative partners to provide other services. The result is a comprehensive program of care, information, support, counseling and other vital services for children and their families.
For more information about this grant to Coastal Kids Home Care or The Pediatric Collaborative, please call Alice Kinsler, President and CEO of Hospice Foundation, 831-333-9023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.