A Home Away from Home for Children with Medical Complexities
Every day, The Darling Home for Kids is entrusted to care for the most medically complex children. Our highly specialized Residential, Respite, and Hospice Palliative Care Programs draw children and families from all over the province.
In addition to offering our three core programs the Home also offers a combination of complementary therapeutic programs including: music therapy, recreation therapy, pet therapy, hydrotherapy, and multi-sensory snoezelen therapy; all designed to promote well-being and offer unique experiences to the children in our care. We believe in providing care for the family as a whole, and have created effective and engaging programs for both the siblings and parents of children with complex medical needs.
In our Respite Program, children can stay overnight at the Home, giving their parents a much-needed break. While here, children are cared for by a diverse group of dedicated staff, including qualified nurses who provide medical support and tender loving care these children require. During peak service times, we offer a day program and week- long stays to meet the needs of our families.
Hospice Palliative Care
Our Hospice Palliative Program provides three key services to families. Our palliative-respite service gives parents a break from the complex routines of caring for a child with life-limiting illness. Our transition to home services help families adjust from care in the hospital to care in their own home, while our end-of-life program for children who are dying supports families throughout their grieving process.
Our Residential Program offers extended care to children who require more support than is available to them in their home environment. In partnership with other agencies, children live at our Home full-time and receive comprehensive care.
Family Support Program
Our Family Support Program offers specialized services to support the mental health and well-being of the entire family unit throughout their caregiving journey. Comprehensive services are offered to all of our families with our in-house Registered Social Worker, including an intake process, individual and group counselling and service navigation assistance. Our families face unique challenges – we strive to help them build connections with others in similar situations through our parents connect and siblings connect groups. We are also there for our families in times of transition and crises, offering emotional support and healthcare navigation as needed.