Darling Home for Kids

 

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Our Mission

The mission of The Darling Home for Kids is to optimize the quality of the lives of children with life-limiting or life-threatening illness requiring complex and/or technology-dependent care. We do this by providing respite services and paediatric hospice care in a home-like environment to families within communities in Ontario, with highly qualified nursing and support staff that can give out-of-home overnight care, bereavement support and educational training to these families.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be an oasis of comfort and joy for the children and families we serve. Comfort in knowing that our special children receive wonderful care in a beautiful, warm environment. Comfort in knowing that their parents are able to take a break from the hard work of being parents of special kids and that there is a continuum of care from respite through to palliation and end of life care, when needed. Joy in visiting the Home and hearing the laughter and seeing the smiles on our kids as they explore new activities unavailable to them elsewhere.

What are your admission/referral criteria?

  • Children who are between the ages of 0-18 years
  • Children who have a progressive life-limiting illness or a major medical disease that demonstrates a progressive decline
  • Children who have a valid Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
  • Children who are eligible to receive services from the Community Care Access Center (CCAC)
  • Families who have engaged in Advanced Care Planning discussions
  • In the case of End-of-Life Care, children must have a written Do Not Ressucitate Order (DNR)

How would you answer the following question if asked by a patient, client, resident and/or family?

“What can you do for me?”


The Darling Home for Kids provides a continum of care and support from a child's diagnosis and respite care through to end of life care and bereavement support.   Located in North Milton, The Darling Home for Kids offers a home-like environment with caring staff that include Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, Personal Support Workers, Child and Youth Workers and a Recreation Therapist.
While at The Darling Home for Kids children can participate in a number of therapeutic programs including recreation therapy, pet therapy, multi-sensory (Snoezelen) therapy and hydrotherapy.  We also offer a siblings program to provide support to the brothers and sisters of our primary clients.  Nestled on 77 acres of woodlands on the Niagara Escapment, the Home is surrounded by trees and wildlife, which provides a tranquil setting for children and families.

In our palliative-respite program, parents and caregivers can have a much needed break, knowing that their child is being well cared for in a safe environment that feels like home.  Respite stays can range from a weekend to two weeks, allowing parents the time to rest, relax, go on vacation and spend time with the other members of their family.

In our end of life program, The Darling Home for Kids provides the medical care and support staff to assist children and families through the dying process.  In a private suite, family members can stay overnight with their child and access a private washroom, as well as our kitchen and common areas.  With physician support, and pain and symptom management, children can comfortably spend their last days surrounded by family and in a place that feels like home.
 

 

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Day Program

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Education

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Music Therapists

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Personal Support Workers

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Pain & Symptom Management

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Psychologists

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Respiratory Therapists

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Respite Care

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Social Work Counseling

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Speech / Language Therapists

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