Care for children
Our experienced staff specialise in children’s palliative care and take time to understand each child’s individual requirements and needs
Acorns provide care for babies, children and young people, who have life limiting or life threatening conditions. We offer a network of specialist palliative nursing care and support for local families.
Caring for a child with complex medical needs can place unimaginable demands on a family, both physically and emotionally. When time is short every moment is precious which is why, as well as providing specialist care, we help families to make lasting memories.
Quite simply, we’re here to support families on their journeys, in any way we can. Our package of care is tailored for each individual child to meet their medical, emotional, cultural, religious and spiritual needs.
In the past year, we have supported over 704 children and more than 940 families across the West Midlands, including those who have been bereaved.
We provide care from our three hospices, as well as in the family home and the community. Our hospices are open 24/7, 365 days a year, ensuring we’re here for children and families when they need us most.
Each of our hospices are purpose built with 10 specially decorated bedrooms catering for children and young people from birth to 18 years of age. They are designed to be a home-from-home environment to help children enjoy their stay and make the most of every day. See inside our hospices.
A holistic service meets the needs of the children and young people as well as the whole family, including siblings, parents and grandparents.
Our key services include providing day care and short breaks for children at our hospices, therapeutic and psychosocial support, family and siblings services, emergency and end of life care and post bereavement support.
When a child is at Acorns Children’s Hospice, they are in safe hands. Our care is delivered by specialist in-house teams of registered children’s nurses, health care assistants, physiotherapists, family team workers and volunteers. The hospices also have daily visits from local GPs and access to the expertise of Acorns own paediatric palliative care consultant.
Acorns nurses are all registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council as either paediatric (children’s) nurses, general or adult nurses and learning disabilities nurses. They are the same trained nurses as you find in the NHS but may not be as easily recognisable as they don’t wear uniforms. They have a variety of experiences and come from a whole range of different backgrounds such as general hospitals, community, intensive care units or schools to name a few.
Each hospice has a team of local GPs who have been working with Acorns for many years and are available for all children as necessary 24 hours a day as well as visiting or contacting the hospice every day. We seek to work in partnership with medical teams already providing care to the child and family.
Acorns is dedicated to learning and development and we actively encourage and support all our staff to continually train and update their practice. We ensure that our care teams’ skills and knowledge are up to date and effective in the care they give through continual learning.
We build in-house teams with the aim of providing children and families with the very best care designed around their individual needs.