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What is the Katybug Pediatric Program?

The Katybug Pediatric Program helps kids facing a serious illness live well while the family is coping with this most difficult time. By helping children find relief from pain and symptoms, we can help improve the quality of life for them and their families.

We know this is a difficult time and we’re here for you physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Members of our team have traveled this road before and are uniquely able to understand and empathize with your journey.

Katybug cares for seriously ill infants, children, teens, and their families whether a diagnosis is determined before or after delivery.

Our palliative care provides:

  • Comfort care
  • Control of symptoms
  • Pain control
  • Emotional support

Our care also provides help to families and friends coping with loss and grief.

What We Do

The Katybug Pediatric Program works with your child’s physician to create a plan of care specifically developed for your child. Our interdisciplinary palliative team serves the entire family, and each member brings a unique talent to your home. Our medical director, nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides, New Hope counselors, and volunteers are ready to help you. You are the lead in your child’s plan of care. Everything is at your family’s preference and comfort level.

Our Katybug Palliative team provides:

  • Pain management
  • Symptom management
  • Guidance and emotional support
  • Safety, education, and confidence
  • Personal care assistance
  • Medications and supplies delivered to you

Who is Eligible?

The Katybug Pediatric Program is designed to meet the needs of children and their families from perinatal to young adult, with a serious illness. We help families cope with the challenges and feelings that are a natural part of this journey.

How is Katybug Funded?

Katybug Pediatric Program is a program of Delaware Hospice. Most major health insurance companies cover the cost of care. However, these payments can fall short of the actual costs. Thankfully, Delaware Hospice and Katybug receive donations from businesses and individuals. No family is ever charged for care. Volunteers donate time and energy as well to help reduce costs.

Why is Palliative Care A Good Idea?

We help kids live more fully while working with families to cope. Parents can focus more on being a parent. The doubt and stress of being a care provider can be lessened by having a compassionate and experienced palliative team by your side.

  • We help focus on quality of life
  • Your child can be cared for at home, with less disruption to their world
  • Our expert team can be brought into your home
  • Experienced professionals are
    available 24/7
  • The Delaware Hospice Center provides an option should symptoms escalate