Chapter

Into the New Millennium

Jacqueline Worswick

in A House Called Helen

Second edition

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192632357
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632357.003.0011
Into the New Millennium

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This chapter reviews the growth of children's hospices, reflects on their coming of age and the accompanying responsibilities and challenges, and considers some current and future issues in children's hospice care. It considers unifying the approach and establishing networks, governance and funding, the human dimension, staff development, broadening the service, provision for young adults, family accommodation, sibling support, home care, education, evaluating the service, and the way ahead. Although the exact words chosen by individual hospices to describe their objectives vary – each hospice retains its own individuality and in no way does communality of purpose mean that children's hospices constitute a ‘chain’ – the philosophy which sustains them all remains essentially the same philosophy as that on which Helen House was founded.

Keywords: children's hospices; Helen House; home care; sibling support; family accommodation

Chapter.  10589 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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