When a child is nearing the end of their life every moment counts, and when you’re at Andy’s we’ll make sure you don’t have to face it alone. Our dedicated specialist care team will make your child as comfortable as possible right to the end, and provide you with the opportunity to make the most of your precious remaining time together.
When you arrive at Andy’s, whether from a hospital or your home, you will be greeted by a member of our specialist team and your child settled into one of our bedrooms. If you have chosen to stay in our family accommodation, you will be shown around the apartment when you are comfortable to leave your child. Our family accommodation is just upstairs from the children’s bedrooms and has a bedroom, a bathroom, a lounge area and a kitchen area. You can spend time with your child any time you like, day or night, and we will give you the space you need to say goodbye.
Our multi-professional team will involve you and will liaise all professionals involved in caring for your child so we can be sure to provide the most appropriate care for them as an individual.
We understand the emotional impact of this unbelievably difficult journey, and will be available to help you as you navigate through it. You may wish to have the support of a wider network of loved ones, and your visitors will be most welcome.
You may wish to create some lasting keepsakes. Our team are able to help you with memory work, including taking hand and footprints, which some parents find provide a special comfort in the coming months and years. Our family support team who are on-hand if you need someone to talk to. This extends beyond the death of your child, when you could be referred on to our bereavement support team to help you to manage your grief.
Our ‘Butterfly Suite’ is available for your child to rest in as an alternative to a funeral home after they have died. Many families find this a much more reassuring experience as they are able to visit their child right up until their funeral. To find out more about our Butterfly Suite please click here.