How to Access Our Services
Children's palliative care is an active process from the recognition of a life-limiting condition throughout the child's life even if curative treatments are available. It embraces physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements and focuses on the enhancement of quality of life for the child or young person, and support for the whole family.
Regular visits to The Donna Louise allow families caring for a child with a life limiting or life threatening condition to relax and recharge their batteries in a safe and supportive environment. We have the time to listen, to care and to work with families to meet the changing and special needs of their child.
Although we already support more than two hundred children and their families across Staffordshire and South Cheshire, we know that there are many more that don't yet access our services and could really benefit from our help.
You may meet other families at hospital or doctors' appointments, play centres or support groups who don't know about everything we offer. By spreading the word about what we do, you could help us to reach out to families who don't currently know about The Donna Louise.
We use the following broad categories to identify the children who would benefit from our services:
Life-threatening conditions for which curative treatment may be feasible but can fail.
This includes when treatment fails or during an acute crisis, irrespective of the duration of threat to life.
Conditions where premature death is inevitable.
There may be long periods of intensive treatment aimed at prolonging life and allowing participation in normal activities.
Progressive conditions without curative treatment options.
Treatment is exclusively palliative and may commonly extend over many years.
Irreversible but non-progressive conditions causing severe disability, leading to susceptibility to health complications and likelihood of premature death.
If you have identified a child using the information above who you think will benefit from our services please don't hesitate to get in contact – we have a quick and easy referral form or call us on 01782 654440.