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What is a children's hospice?

Our philosophy

The pArthur in the Sensory Roomhilosophy of nursing care at Demelza is based on a goal to provide a supportive, non-judgemental service of excellence to children/young people with life limiting or life threatening conditions and their families and to enable equity of access for all children/young people with palliative care needs and their families.

We will recognise that each child/young person is a unique, developing individual whose best interests must be paramount.

We will endeavour to provide a relaxed caring environment within the hospice settings by creating a warm and friendly atmosphere where the quality of life for each family can be enriched.

We will listen to children/young people, attempt to understand their perspectives, opinions and feelings and acknowledge their right to privacy.

We will aim to give safe practical care of the highest standard to ensure that families feel confident to leave their child/young person in our care within either the hospices or their own homes.

A sensory ExperienceWe see the child/young person's illness as a journey the family has to travel and we will accompany them during this journey; we continue to offer support through bereavement. We believe that palliative care is not solely about dying but is more concerned with quality of life irrespective of how long or short that life will be.

Within the community setting we acknowledge the importance of a child/young person being cared for within their own environment and the care we offer will aim to respect and support the individual needs of each child/young person and their family by empowerment, honesty and flexibility. We recognise the child/young person's needs as an integral part of holistic, patient and family centred care.

We advocate that every child/young person and their parent/carers will receive the highest standard of care possible by working in partnership with all professionals/agencies involved. This care will be specific from a broad spectrum of services to meet the needs of each individual family and will respect the rights of each child/young person/parent/carer to informed participation in all decisions involving their care.

We believe we must maintain effective channels of communication and co-operation with others involved in the child/young person's care, ensuring confidentiality.

We aim to help the family cope with their child/young person's physical deterioration and increasing dependence. This will include the relief of emotional, social, and spiritual distress as well as the physical and practical needs of the child/young person and the family, which may be constantly changing and in need of frequent reassessment.

We will work together to provide a supportive environment for the child/young person and his or her family, and we will also respect and care for each other.

As far as is practicably possible the day to day running of Demelza will be co-operative, with each individual's thoughts and ideas being equally valued.

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Demelza Kent : Rook Lane, Bobbing, Sittingbourne, Kent. ME9 8DZ
Demelza South East London : 5 Wensley Close, Eltham, London. SE9 5AB
Demelza Community : Langtye Farm, Langtye Lane, Ripe, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6BA 
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