Pediatric Palliative Care & Respite Care in Phoenix, AZ 85013 | Ryan House


Designed to deliver multiple adaptive modes of on-site care, Ryan House embraces all children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys. Here, we are realizing both the philosophy and the practice of pediatric palliative care. We are the only organization of our kind in the Southwest, and one of three in the country. Our services are provided at no cost to families.

Pediatric Respite Care in Phoenix

Respite care is a gift of time; short-term overnight stays that help a family take breaks from the stress of ‘round the clock home care. It also creates opportunities for kids to be kids, where they can spend time with other children like them. Pediatric respite care becomes a necessity, not a luxury. It is the solution for renewed energies and fresh perspectives, as regular “time off” for caregivers is essential to help prevent family fatigue and breakdown. At Ryan House, children and families can receive up to 28 days of respite care per year.

Pediatric Palliative Care in Phoenix

Pediatric palliative care is both a philosophy and method of care. It aims to holistically identify and alleviate the physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and emotional pain for both the child and the family. Its primary goals are to enhance quality of life, minimize suffering, optimize functions, and provide opportunities for personal growth.

Life-Enhancing Therapeutic Activities in Phoenix

Certified child life specialists and trained volunteers provide activities that address the isolation, pain, and fear children and their siblings face with diagnosis. They also improve overall quality-of-life by providing opportunities to experience new sensations, develop skills, and gain confidence. Activities include: Legacy Building, art, music, pet, sensory, recreational, and hydro-therapeutic activities.

Pediatric End-of-Life Care in Phoenix

Families with a child facing end-of-life receive supportive planning and compassionate care consistent with clinical, cultural, and ethical standards. Ryan House also provides parents or guardians and siblings with a loving system of support and comfort. End-of-life care is provided in partnership with our Care Partner, Hospice of the Valley.

Grief and Bereavement Support in Phoenix

Ryan House offers grief and bereavement support to families in a number of ways, including: Bridges Of Support, family counseling through various programs, an annual community event to honor passed children, bereavement boxes to families that are filled with special keepsakes. Additionally, the Care Team provides anticipatory grief support to children, siblings, and their families.

Support for Siblings

Sibling Bridges of Support and Hope (SBSH) is an opportunity for siblings (ages 5 – 16) of children with complex health needs to obtain peer support and education within a fun, supportive environment.

This unique program provides school-age siblings with opportunities for peer support in a relaxed, recreational setting where they can discuss common joys and concerns with other children who can relate to their experiences and unique situations that exist within their homes. They also learn how to cope in a healthy way with situations commonly experienced by others who are in similar situations and discuss implications of their sibling’s medical needs and the effects on them.  

For more info about upcoming SBSH program dates and for additional details, contact Child Life Specialist Mitch Cohen at or (602) 234-6700.

Refer a Family

Is there a family that should know about Ryan House?

If you know a family that may meet the qualification factors for respite stays and would like to refer them, please download our Family Brochure to share with them. From there, the family can contact our Care Team directly where someone will provide them with the information they may need to move forward.

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Medical Professionals

Medical Professionals can also refer a family to Ryan House. If your team wants to learn more about pediatric palliative care, or about the services provided at Ryan House, our staff is committed to working with you and your team.

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Laurie Wilson
March 8, 2023.

This place is so beautiful! The staff is so caring and loving!! My mother was very well taken care of.

Patrick & Adelita Llamas
February 10, 2023.

Our dad was placed here for approximately 3 days before he passed. The facility is clean and regularly maintained. The staff keeps the coffee and water full, and available to family members, as well as snacks. Rooms are spacious and two of us stayed with my dad while he was here. Now the staff... Absolutely amazing and loving and responsive. It takes a very special person to do this job. Special thanks and forever grateful to Tonya and Denise, and all the ladies who guided us through our dad's transition. I wish I could remember all of their names to thank them as well. Overall, this is such a difficult time for any family, this staff and facility fully grasp the gravity and will guide you through it in a loving and caring way.

Latonya Lewis
January 23, 2023.

I had the pleasure of visiting Ryan House January 23, 2023 to see my spiritual sister. The greeting of the staff was wonderful. They are so nice, each staff member spoke, accept fir 1 who was tending to a chart but she did turn around to see who i was because i was quit cheerful at the way the staff was so nice. Not the nice that it's my job, but the nice that makes you feel like, I know you personally and that I'm treating you as my very own family member.

My sister and 2 of my grandchildren were waiting in the car for me, as I didn't know if children could go in. Upon my return to the car, I told my sister immediately, that if I should need Hospice care, this is where I want to be taken.

Thank you very much for an enjoyable visit.

Cheryl Parker
November 28, 2022.

The care they provided for my friend was outstanding. They were with use as much as we wanted or as little as we wanted. They allowed multiple family and friends at the bedside. The doctor provided good explanations and the nurses were exceptional. So grateful to have had her there.

Patrick Sasser
September 24, 2022.

This is a wonderful team of health professionals and beautiful facility. They took outstanding care of our Father for 4 days at the end of his life. I would highly recommend Hospice of the Valley Ryan House. Dr Gilbertson, Sara, Kim and Elizabeth are all outstanding. I’m sorry I can’t remember all of your names, but you all did a great job. It was a blessing to have them on our Dad’s medical team. Thank you so much and God bless.

Lamis Affnan
July 23, 2022.

Thank you so much. And God bless you all.

Ryan R
June 20, 2022.

I like their place it has games, TV, rooms and cafe really like this place.👍

Eliza Romero
June 16, 2022.

Staff member Evelyn helped connect me with the only person who could tell me about my birth mom . My birth mom passed away here at this hospice in 2020 and I had never met her ! I am so grateful to hear the staff here took great care of her . 🙏❤️ Evelyn thank you so so much for making finding out about my birth mom a little lighter . I am so thankful for you!

Savanna Rhoads
May 25, 2022.

I will never forget how great they were with our mom. One nurse in particular went way above and beyond her job to make sure she stayed as comfortable as she could. I would strongly suggest you take your loved one here. They provide a service that no other facility could provide.

Paul McMullin
May 11, 2022.

Our grandson stayed at ryan house for a few days prior to his passing. We so much appreciated this facility and the care the workers brought to him and to all of our family. We are so grateful that such a place exists.

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