Every community should have a pediatric palliative care home for children with life-limiting illnesses offering medical support, end-of-life care, and respite for families. Founder Suzanne Gwynn has launched her vision to build and operate such a freestanding facility in Seattle. The facility will be staffed with an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, support staff and volunteers who will provide 24 x 7 support.
Many will be surprised to learn that today only 2 such facilities are in operation within the US. The options for families in these dire circumstances are to spend these final days within an environment that cannot support the needs and desires of family to have the most normalized experience possible. In a Ladybug House, entire families can all be together in a less clinical but as medically sound place at this most critical time. This is not just a local issue; worldwide there are 21 million children living with life-limiting conditions.
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