Where it is clear that a young person’s health is deteriorating and it is felt that Hope House Children’s Hospices is the most appropriate organisation to offer them care, we can continue to support the young person up to 25 years of age.
Each case is looked at individually and if the young adult is not expected to live beyond 25 years, then we will continue their care if they wish us to. If the young adult has a longer life expectancy, we will work with the family and local adult services to help to identify appropriate services for the future and to ensure the family feel supported through transition. In some circumstances it may be necessary for us to gradually withdraw our service if a child oriented environment is no longer appropriate for the young adult in question.
Each of our hospices has lounges for young people which have flat screen TVs, computer consoles and plenty of DVDs, CDs and games. The Outreach Nursing Service extends to young adults and a Young Adult Group made up of relevant staff and young people promote the needs of young adults and suggest ideas to ensure the service takes their views into account.