Respectful and compassionate care for a child or young person and their family members at the end of life ensures their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs are met. At Acorns we provide end of life care* to babies, children and young people aged 0-18 years.
Every referral for end of life care is accepted with a specialist team ready to respond according to the needs and wishes of the family and child.
All of the Acorns team work together with the child and family to deliver holistic end of life care
“At the end of life we try to facilitate whatever families want whether it’s a walk around the gardens, a swim, or peaceful quiet time together. It’s important for the family to build up happy memories, so the experience isn’t wholly negative and there are positive things they can take away.”
-Acorns staff nurse
End of life care encompasses all of the following:
Support is flexible according to each individual child and family’s circumstances, wishes and needs and will be provided alongside other professionals, whether a child dies at home, in hospital or the hospice.
A permanent memorial garden at each hospice, with the option to place a stone engraved with their child’s name, provides a place of reflection and refuge for families to visit whenever they wish.
“When Ella passed we found out how special Acorns really was. The facilities, support and help we received during that time was unbelievable. They thought of everything and made making arrangements so much easier whilst supporting us as well as our family and friends. Even now we are still very much included in the Acorns family and they will always be a part of our lives which is important to me as part of remembering Ella.”
-Kirsty, Ella’s mum