Provide respite and end-of-life care to children

by Ryan House
Nov 2, 2011

Respite and End-of-Life Care for Children

The financial support provided from the Global Giving project “Provide Respite and End-of-Life Care to Children” has been invaluable in supporting the mission of Ryan House.  Palliative, respite and end-of-life care are provided to children with life-threatening conditions at Ryan House at no cost to the family so that every child has access without regard to insurance status or ability to pay.

In its first year in operation, Ryan House has served children from around the state of Arizona.  Ryan House provided over 34,500 respite care hours as well as end-of-life services to 22 families, and is projected to serve 250 families in the next year.

The funds provided have been spent providing children with life-threatening conditions life-enhancing therapies.  The hydro, sensory, music and art therapies are offered on-site and allow all children who come to Ryan House to learn, grow and explore during their stay by providing opportunities that they otherwise would not have access to.  These therapies are essential to giving children meaningful respite stays at Ryan House and are implemented in a manner that complements the regular care routines provided in their homes.   

  • The Sensory Room provides opportunities for children to improve communications, enhance their understanding of each other, and build trust in relationships.  
  • Art therapy encourages children to express themselves by enhancing their physical, mental and emotional well-being, while helping them find the courage to cope with emotions.
  • The hydrotherapy pool promotes opportunities for active versus passive movements, decreases pain, improves circulation, head control and respiratory function, and may improve sleep during the night.
  • Music therapy provides experiences with sounds and instruments that not only improve the quality of life and promote wellness, but also address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs.  This therapy has been shown to help manage stress, alleviate pain, and encourage children to express their feelings and can also reach children who have become non-verbal.

Thank you for your support of Ryan House and our mission to provide respite, palliative and end-of-life care to children with life-threatening conditions throughout the state of Arizona.

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Ryan House

Location: Phoenix, Arizona - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.ryanhouse.org
Ryan House
Project Leader:
Brett Stempel
Phoenix, AZ United States

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