Niagara Falls program will establish pediatric hospice center
April 30, 2012
Daval Hospice, located in Niagara Falls, announced the establishment of Helping Our Palliative Pediatrics (HOPP), a pediatric hospice center, as reported by Niagara This Week.
"As far as well can tell, there isn't a hospice in the country for kids living with life-threatening illness," Tracey Robertson, executive of director of Daval Hospice, told the news source. "There doesn't seem to be the resources to find support through typical avenues."
While some pediatric hospice services may be found in hospitals in Hamilton, there is nothing currently available in the Niagara area.
In order to kick off the program, the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara on McLeod Road will host a free event on Saturday, May 5. While staff members at the club supervise children's activities, parents may attend workshops and lectures that discuss topics such as non-medical alternative treatments for pain.
Every year, more than 259,000 Canadians die, according to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Each death may potentially affect the immediate well-being of five other people, or a total of more than 1.25 million Canadians a year. Hospice care may help alleviate some of the pressures associated with this time.