At Balthasar we focus on caring for the children with life-shortening conditions. They very often have to deal with intense pain and the loss of physical or mental abilities, while becoming more and more dependent on support and care by others. Balthasar children’s hospice wants to be a home from home for the child and family. We accept children from birth to the age of 18 and offer 24/7 care by our experienced and qualified team from a range of professional backgrounds (such as children’s nurses, carers and nursery nurses).
At Balthasar we also support the parents, for instance by allowing them to take a rest while our team cares for their child. Furthermore, parents always find someone to talk to about their concerns and grief – either someone from our team, or other parents who are in a similar situation. This helps them to cope with the condition and loss of their child.
Siblings of a child with life-shortening conditions also have to face a difficult and burdensome situation: They have to be considerate of their brother or sister, deal with deprivations of several kinds and are confronted with death and bereavement at a very early stage in life. Our team offers several age-appropriate activities for the siblings only and allows them to talk about grief and worries, but also to just have a really good time.