What Is Palliative Care? | Ryan House

What Is Palliative Care?

A parent holds their child's hand during palliative care at Ryan House

Everyone deserves care and compassion, especially if they are experiencing life-limiting conditions. Palliative care offers alleviation from overwhelming symptoms, pain, and stress associated with chronic conditions. Typically, it allows patients to live a quality and meaningful life.

Ryan House is one of the leading palliative caregivers in Arizona. The program comprises a passionate team that extends support to children and families experiencing unique life-limiting conditions.

Ryan House will educate you on palliative care for kids in Phoenix, its benefits, and its contribution to improving children’s and their family’s life.

Understanding Palliative Care

What is palliative care? Palliative care is specialized medical attention for people suffering from chronic conditions. Its objective is to improve the patient’s quality of life by alleviating suffering by managing the associated symptoms.

What is included in palliative care? Palliative care applies a specialized team approach to address a patient’s practical needs. It also offers medical treatment for symptoms related to the patient’s condition and emotional support for the patient and family. Ryan House provides respite stays for children receiving palliative care, helping to provide support to their families by allowing them a break from 24/7 caregiving.

Palliative care benefits the patient, their families, and caregivers. It is fundamental at different stages of illness and involves collaborating with professional doctors, nurses, and specialists to offer additional support.

How Palliative Care Helps

Improve Quality of Life

Palliative care benefits patients with chronic conditions like cancer or life-limiting genetic conditions. It eases the psychological pressure a child and caregiver undergo to manage chronic diseases. Medical personnel share management techniques with patients and caregivers about their condition (or disease), greatly improving a patient’s quality of life.

Relieves Suffering from Symptoms and Stress

Pediatric palliative care offers specialized attention to children, which often offers relief from pain and uncomfortable symptoms. This specialized attention is attained by identifying, assessing, and treating physical and psychosocial pain for both the child and family.

Helps You Match Treatment Options to Your Goals

Palliative care examines treatment goals to determine the most suitable treatment options. Our team works collaboratively with the child, doctor, family, and caregivers to help understand their needs. Palliative care allows patients to stay in control of their health and care options.

Works Together with Your Other Doctors

Palliative care is provided with a team approach that employs various strategies to address children’s needs. The team stays in contact with doctors to offer patients support. Palliative care manages disease symptoms and updates doctors on the patient’s condition.

How You Can Help Arizona Children in Palliative Care

You do not have to be a doctor to support Arizona children with their palliative care needs. You can offer volunteer services or monetary support through individual donations or by participation in fundraising campaigns for Ryan House.

Here is how to go about it:

Volunteer

Care Team Volunteers assist clinical staff to meet the needs of the children and families staying at Ryan House. While the Care Team is responsible for all direct care of the children, in-house volunteers also play a vital role in supporting the needs of the Ryan House on a weekly basis. Volunteers are involved in activities directly with the children such as reading, arts and crafts, games, playing music, and more that help to improve the lives of the children receiving palliative care. Ryan House also welcomes individuals to assist with short-term volunteering opportunities. You must be above 18 years to qualify to work as a volunteer.

Fundraising Opportunities

You can support Ryan House through third party fundraisers as an individual, group, or organization. There are endless fundraising options, including golf tournaments, bake sales, and bike rides to name a few. We welcome new supporters to join us in raising funds for the children we serve. The process is easy; fill out the application form and join us.

Donate

We rely on support from our community. We accept donations so that we can continue to offer the best care to Arizona children with complex medical conditions receiving palliative care. Get involved as an individual through a tax deductible donation or partnership.

Arizona Charitable Tax Credit

The Arizona tax law encourages people to contribute and support certain eligible charities like Ryan House. You qualify for a tax credit that can significantly lower the amount you owe by donating to the charity. You are eligible for a $400 tax credit as an individual and up to $800 as a couple.

Pediatric Respite & Palliative Care in Phoenix

Ryan House offers free respite to children with complex medical conditions receiving palliative care in Arizona. Our care team also supports families and caregivers of kids experiencing unique end-of-life journeys. If you are looking for tax credits, your donation is an opportunity to lower your debt. Contact us to support respite care for children receiving palliative care in Phoenix.

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