Focusing on quality of life and continuity of care,
our team combines compassion with state-of-the-art care
to guide children through their unique life-limiting or end-of-life journeys
while providing the entire family with peace, comfort, and support.
We invite you to watch the videos below; one that illustrates what Ryan House is all about and the other that beautifully showcases Ana Aguilar's family's journey at Ryan House.
With the help of charitable donations, Ryan House provides support and services to children experiencing unique life-limiting and end-of-life journeys. We also offer help to their families, including caregivers and siblings. Our goal is to combine state-of-the-art care with compassion. Our services (provided at no cost to families) realize both the best practices and philosophy of pediatric palliative care.
Pediatric Respite Care
We provide short-term, overnight care for children to help provide a break to the family. Around-the-clock care is a big responsibility, even in the best of times. When dealing with the stress of a serious illness, getting some downtime goes from being a luxury to a necessity. We have found that this service helps families renew their energy, regain perspective, and avoid fatigue and burnout. Due to generous donations, families can receive up to 28 days of respite care every year at no cost.
Pediatric Palliative Care
Pediatric palliative care is an approach to medical caregiving that aims to improve quality of life, enhance functioning, enable growth opportunities, and reduce suffering for children with serious illnesses. We take a holistic approach that integrates best practices with the philosophy of palliative care. Through this service, we help mitigate the physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial pain for both the patient and family.
Life-Enhancing Therapeutic Activities
At Ryan House, we strive to offer our patients the best quality of life possible. This includes specialized activities provided by certified child life specialists and trained volunteers. These activities help reduce feelings of isolation, pain, and fear faced by children and their siblings. Through this service, children develop new skills, experience new sensations, and build confidence. Activities include art, music, pet interactions, recreation, Legacy Building, and hydrotherapy, all of which are able to be provided with the help of our generous donors.
Pediatric End-of-Life Care
Having a child facing end-of-life is something no family can be ready for. To aid this process as much as possible, we provide supportive planning and passionate care based on current clinical, cultural, and ethical standards. There is no way to make this experience easy. But we provide support and comfort to children and their families to help navigate the child’s end-of-life journey, allowing them to focus more on being there for each other.
Grief and Bereavement Support
Ryan House end-of-life care isn’t just about making patients comfortable. We also strive to support families through grief and bereavement services. This includes Bridges of Support, family counseling, annual community events honoring patients who passed away, and bereavement boxes for families. We also provide anticipatory grief support to both patients and their families. These services can help family members process their grief and navigate their own journeys while also caring for the unwell child.
Donations & Support
All Ryan House services are provided to families free of charge. We are able to do this thanks to generous donors in the community who provide 100% of our funding. Dealing with serious pediatric illness is already an unimaginable challenge. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we are able to offer support and care without adding the additional worry of cost to the families in these impossible situations.
Please consider donating today if you would like to help support the Ryan House mission. Even small contributions can make a big difference for families with children with life-threatening conditions. Use our online donation system to make a fast and easy donation or check out other ways to support our mission.
AZ Tax Credit
Did you know that you can get a special Arizona tax credit when you make a donation to a qualifying charity, such as Ryan House? You could lower your state tax bill while also supporting our important work. Learn more about Arizona tax credits.
Learn More About Our Work at Ryan House Today
Ryan House helps families facing the unimaginable situation of a child with a life-limiting or terminal condition. Our palliative care and support services help both the child and their family navigate this unique journey. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we support families.