Who is Eligible?
Services are available to patients pre-natal through age 21 who have a life-limiting illness or condition, and whose pediatrician or specialist agrees that the child is appropriate for hospice or palliative care. Families are able to participate in the Careousel Pediatrics program and still keep all of the patient’s existing physicians and practitioners.
Are Careousel Services Covered by Insurance?
We accept all children with a life-limiting illness whose pediatrician or specialist agrees that the child is appropriate for hospice or palliative care. We receive payment for services from Medicaid, private insurance and charitable donations to the ProCare Foundation. The ProCare Foundation may be able to assist those who lack the financial means to pay for services.
How Does Palliative Care Differ From Hospice Care?
Careousel Pediatrics provides two levels of care: Hospice Care and Palliative Care
– Hospice care meets end-of-life needs in advanced illness, focusing on the comfort of your child and family.
– Palliative care is appropriate for children with conditions for which curative treatment may be possible, as well as those with complex health needs for whom quality of life can be enhanced by treatment. It is comfort-based care.
The Careousel Team will work with your family to determine which type of care is needed. Transition between these two types of care IS possible, depending on the needs of your child. Your child may also transition off of our services at any time.