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Essential Care is a special way of caring for a child with a life-threatening illness. Our program, the first of its kind in the United States, is a pediatric program of Home Care Buffalo, an affiliate of The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care. Our program works closely with The Children's Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. We give a child and family complete and consistent care - physical, spiritual and emotional - at home or in the hospital.
Essential Care is available to children, from infancy through adolescence, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. We care for children who live in Erie, Niagara, and parts of Genesee and Cattaraugus counties. Our referrals come from physicians, but often it's a family member or friend who refers people to Essential Care.
It is our passion to provide the most comprehensive home-based
service to children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, while
supporting their families during the continuum of care. The program
consists of a core of specialty-trained professionals that collaborate
with the child's medical team during their illness, support their loved
ones with an in-depth psychosocial intervention approach, play therapy
for the patient, siblings and their community support system, and
provide spiritual support for those that are supporting the children
during the span of the illness and treatment.
While most of our care is provided at home, we also help in the hospital. We feel that the best place for a child to heal is at home, a place where they are comfortable and can do the things they like to do: draw, watch cartoons, and play with their favorite things in a familiar place. It also helps children feel better when their family is around to support them.
We have a whole team of pediatric professionals to help you:
To find our more about Essential Care, to enroll, or to refer someone for care, simply call us at (716) 686-8006 or send us an email.