Story time helps maintain palliative care support for kids | from Children's Palliative Care and Short Breaks team, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
For children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, palliative care offers a vital lifeline, especially when they have built up a relationship with their care provider.
Visiting restrictions mean support visits are no longer possible, leading to concerns that carefully developed relationships would be damaged as the voices and faces that were so familiar to children started to fade.
To help maintain these vital relationships, team members introduced video story times.
Team members pick a story they feel each child will enjoy and film it in the sensory room at the children's unit in Grantham Hospital, a place familiar to many of the patients involved. Personal messages are included to help the child and carer maintain long-established connections.
These story times provide care and connection, as personal messages are also included. They also allow family to take a break from caring.