Child Life Services From Afar: An Educational and Resource-based Program to Support Adult Units in Supporting Children of Adult Patients at End of Life
Children of adult patients at end of life is a growing area for child life services. This presentation explains the process and benefits of a program implemented to support children of adult patients at end of life without a child life position. Collaboration, education, and resources are highlighted as key components of the program, including statistics of program success. SUGGESTED DOMAIN: Assessment
Assess the need for prioritizing child life support for children of adult patients at end of life within a clinical setting.
Explore techniques on appropriate education for adult unit staff regarding best practices when offering support and resources to families for children experiencing end of life.
Discuss various age appropriate resources and community organizations to assist in providing ongoing support of children experiencing death, dying, and grief.
Katie J. Riese
Katie Riese is a Certified Child Life Specialist at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is a member of the pediatric palliative care program. Katie also supports adult services within UW Health to provide resources and clinical support for children of adult patients at end of life. Katie has presented on her collaborative legacy work for palliative care children and families with the hospital photographer at national and regional palliative care and child life conferences. Academically, Katie is currently obtaining her Master of Arts Degree in Education at Edgewood College, where she also is a graduate assistant with the Edgewood College Child Life Program.