WHO DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION SERVE?
George Mark Children's House (GMCH) is a medical facility and hospice for kids and their families that feels like home - where kids can be kids and families receive loving support. Located in San Leandro, California, we focus on quality of life and continuity of care for children with illnesses that modern healthcare cannot yet cure, or for those who have chronic medical conditions.
WHAT IS THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Though homes like ours are well-established in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany, the field of pediatric palliative care is still relatively new in the United States. Because of this, it has taken considerable time to educate insurance companies that this care is both available and less expensive than hospital care for the same level of service. We hope that one day, centers like ours will become the norm in the U.S., operating in partnership with the medical community.
It can be overwhelming and isolating to have a child with complex medical conditions. We believe that every child facing chronic or terminal medical conditions, as well as their families, should get the care and support they need.
HOW DO YOU HELP THEM?
We partner with families to bring an element of normalcy and joy into their lives. In addition to our around-the-clock skilled pediatric nursing, we offer everyday activities including play, art, music, movement and hydrotherapy. In addition, we develop an individualized care plan for each child, coordinating services among the George Mark care team.
- Transitional Care- For children who are no longer benefitting from an acute care hospital yet are not able to be cared for at home
- End-Of-Life Care- A patient’s family can stay in its own family suite and surround their child with love and support
- Respite Care- High quality medical care and appropriate activities while offering parents and families a short break from the nonstop care at home
- Bereavement Care- Ongoing support of families following the death of their child
- Pediatric Palliative Aquatics- Being in the warm water helps to soothe an irritable nervous system, facilitate deep relaxation, and promote maximum movement and a feeling of well-being.
- Child Life- We provide a range of fun, engaging and developmentally appropriate activities including play, art, music, movement and drama.
- Psychosocial Support- We collaborate with our families to develop a care plan to meet their needs.
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