Our Purpose

Canuck Place is a caring, innovative children’s hospice and community-based service that fully embraces the life of each child and family. We provide leadership in improving pediatric palliative care regionally, nationally and internationally through collaboration, education and research.

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Our Vision

All newborns, children, youth and their families living with progressive life-threatening conditions will benefit from our compassion, knowledge, and holistic clinical care in pediatric palliative care.

Our Mission

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice provides innovative, holistic clinical care with compassion through our hospices, in hospitals and communities in BC/Yukon.

We provide respite, family support, pain and symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement services to newborns, children, youth and their families living with progressive life-threatening conditions.

Our Values

Canuck Place Children's Hospice values

Care Philosophy

We believe that our care must address the child and their family’s unique and changing needs throughout the progression of the illness and afterwards.

Family-centred care

When a child is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, making the right decisions can be very difficult. The 24-hour care impacts mental and physical health, quality of life, and can influence financial pressures, relationship challenges, fatigue and distress levels for families.

The Canuck Place care team recognizes the challenging transition patients and families must make as the focus shifts from cure to comfort and symptom management.

Canuck Place cares for the entire family. The clinical team designs a care plan that includes the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of each child.

Serving the province

Canuck Place is recognized as an expert pediatric palliative care provider in the Child Health BC Tiers of Service Framework. The team is comprised of specialist pediatric palliative care physicians, nurses, counsellors and therapists to provide care efficiently and cost-effectively.

At any given time, up to 1400 children in BC are living with a life-threatening condition. More than 60% of the province’s children live in the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Fraser Health Authority regions.

Canuck Place is the pediatric palliative care consult team for BC Children’s Hospital (referral site for provincial pediatric care) and BC Women’s Hospital (neonatal and perinatal care).

Kids need different care

Pediatric palliative care is different than adult hospice care. Canuck Place looks after families for the span of the child’s remaining life – this could be hours from the time of diagnosis or through to the age of 19.

Canuck Place programs are built around supporting life in aspects of play, social interaction, school, healthy development, pain management, and spending time with family and friends while providing advanced nursing and medical care for an unknown duration.

Acuity of care

Canuck Place uses high-intensity technology like ventilators, and manages multiple infusion pumps through central venous lines, as well as utilizes medications typically found in critical care areas. The complexity and acuity of care is increasing, as is the demand for Canuck Place care which includes medical respite, pain and symptom management, clinical consultation to parents and caregivers, and end-of-life care.

Helping families where they need it most

Outreach and consultation are active components of the Canuck Place program.

Physicians, advanced practice nurses, counsellors and recreation therapists play critical roles in supporting families at home by providing assessment, symptom management, care planning, in-home visits, video-conferencing and 24-hour clinical telephone support through Canuck Place toll-free line.

In this way, families receive information and direction, which can avoid visits to hospital emergency rooms and potentially prolonged hospital stays. These preventative actions can result in resolution or stabilization of health care problems and prevention of acute care admissions.

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