Philosophy of Care
Roger's House is about living life to the fullest. The experience of a "home away from home" fosters freedom, security, pleasure, and quality of family life. Children, youth and their families living with a progressive life limiting illness are entitled to access comprehensive palliative care services. This timely, holistic, patient and family-focused, culturally sensitive care is enhanced by the experience of Roger's House.
Roger's House Services
Roger's House offers the following services to children and families who are referred to the CHEO Palliative Care Outreach Program:
Respite (family or individual) Care
A child and/or their family are invited to come to Roger's House for support and a time away from home. During this stay the child is assessed and cared for by our interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals. Immediate family is able to stay with the child and receive support and education in relation to their child's progressive illness. The goal of the stay is to foster the quality of family life.
Acute End of Life Care
For children and families that choose to spend their final days together at Roger's House, End of Life Care is provided. The Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses are supported by the CHEO Palliative Outreach Team in providing pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, as well as assistance with decision making. Every effort is made to ensure ongoing quality of life for the child and the family.
Pain and Symptom Management
Roger's House offers pain and symptom management. Children may come to Roger's House for a short stay for assessment and monitoring by professional staff while medication and treatment changes are implemented.
Eligible children who have been hospitalized for surgical or medical reasons may transition to home through Roger's House. During this time the family, through professional support and education, will become more comfortable with their child's care and needs.
Grief and Bereavement Support
Families experiencing the loss of a child can receive grief and bereavement support from the CHEO Palliative Care Team and Roger's House. Individual and group counseling is available from trained professionals.
Perinatal Hospice is an innovative program offered collaboratively by Roger’s House and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Palliative Care Outreach Program. It is a model of family centered care for families whose babies are likely to die before, during or shortly after birth. It includes comprehensive support from the time of diagnosis through the birth and death of the infant, and into the postpartum period. Central to the services provided are the development of a specialized birth plan, legacy building and memory making as well as ongoing bereavement support for families and siblings.