Hospices for children : a need in a sick society : proceedings of a conference organised jointly by the King's Fund Centre and Helen House Hospice for Children held at the King's Fund Centre on 2 December 1986 Public Deposited

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  • London
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  • King's Fund Centre
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  • 19
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  • Helen House, a hospice for children, is a philosophy, not a facility, which aims to enable families to care for their sick child at home in specific ways: by ensuring that extra community support is mobilised; by offering respite care; by telephone contact and home visits. While there is undoubtedly a need for more support and advice for children and relatives, there is also growing concern that the proliferation of hospices is both haphazard and, in some ways, counterproductive. There is a pressing need to assess requirements coolly and rationally, to evaluate existing services, to plan ahead and to secure appropriate long-term resources. And what about the needs of those not catered for by places like Helen House? What about the belief that hospice is a philosophy rather than a building? The conference grew out of these concerns, and brought together nearly 100 nurses, doctors, planners, researchers and others with an interest in sick children.
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  • Pagination: 19p.; 86/161; Out of print
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