How do I know if Beaumont's PATCH program is right for my child now?
For most childhood diseases and conditions, predicting the future is difficult. Our supportive services are most effective when started as soon as possible following the diagnosis. PATCH supports the entire family and focuses on helping your child live as well as possible for as long as possible.
Does this mean we have to give up hope on a cure for our child?
No. We will continue to hope with you and help your child remain comfortable, live each day to the fullest, create family memories, and when necessary, prepare for a peaceful death. For some children, we are able to continue treatments that focus on the underlying condition while they participate in the PATCH program.
I'm satisfied with the people caring for my child now. Will I have to change doctors?
No. We encourage all of your child's care providers to continue their support for your child and family. The PATCH team will partner with your child's doctor to coordinate care, always respecting your family's wishes.
My doctor is not familiar with Beaumont's PATCH program and is not sure that the services are appropriate for my child.
The PATCH program is staffed only by experienced pediatric professionals specializing in palliative and hospice care for children. We are always available to answer any questions you or your child's physician may have about the benefits of our program.