Children with life-threatening conditions and their families need compassionate care, support and understanding. Hospice of the Valley offers the only perinatal, pediatric hospice and palliative care program in Arizona.
We support these families from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, end of life, and bereavement. Our perinatal program supports families prior to birth and beyond. All along the way we address emotional, spiritual and developmental needs, as well as pain and symptom relief. Fun is part of the mix—including playtime, music or a visit from one of our pet therapy teams.
Most care is provided at home by members of an interdisciplinary team who work closely with the child’s physicians. Team members include a physician, nurse, nurse’s aide, social worker, chaplain, volunteer, and a grief support counselor.
Hospice of the Valley also works in partnership with Ryan House to provide families with a place to go for respite—short breaks from the continuous strain of round-the-clock caregiving. The child is cared for by nursing staff while parents and siblings stay in their own suite on the premises—or leave if they wish to take a vacation or simply go home.
Ryan House is a wonderland that was built just for kids, with eight colorfully-themed bedrooms, a fully accessible playground, and rooms for art, computers, sensory stimulation and hydrotherapy. Ryan House is located in midtown Phoenix on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. It opened in 2010 with support from private and nonprofit community organizations, including Hospice of the Valley.
Inpatient end-of-life care also is provided at Ryan House.
For more information call 602.530.6900.