Benefits of the Wings Program

Comprehensive, compassionate services offered through BJC Wings program:

  • Hospital visits and discharge planning to ease the transition from hospital to home.
  • Home care services while the child receives curative treatment.
  • Palliative care, focused on meticulous care planning and coordination.
  • Health care professionals specifically educated in pediatric pain and symptom management with extensive pediatric clinical experience.
  • Follow up visits to the hospital during readmission.
  • A pediatric interdisciplinary team approach to optimize the quality of life for the child and family throughout the child's illness and beyond.
  • Inpatient and continuous care for acute symptom management.
  • Expressive therapy to assist the ill child and siblings to explore and express their feelings.
  • Volunteers to provide companionship for the child and family, run errands, and provide support for caregivers.
  • Pet therapy for children who can express their feelings through the love of animals.
  • Music therapy catered to the interest and needs of the child and siblings.
  • 24 hour per day, seven days per week on-call to provide support to the caregivers and care for the child.
  • Attention to the total needs of the child and family including physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and practical needs.
  • A medical director who is a specialist in palliative care, available to assist the child's physician upon request.
  • Instruction on care and procedures necessary for keeping the child comfortable at home.
  • Assistance with re-entry into classroom for children who attend school during their illness.
  • Ongoing care management with the child's physician and other health care providers and community resources to promote continuity of care at home or in the hospital.
  • Care for the child and family when cure is not longer an alternative.
  • Hospice services for care at the end of life with grief support for families and children for one year following the death and ongoing access to counselors as needs arise Specialty perinatal services for families whose babies will be born with a limited life expectancy.
  • Literature to support the family in communicating end of life experiences to the family.
  • Support of teachers, school counselors, and classmates to sensitize them to the needs of siblings and normalize feelings.
  • Donated funds through community support to promote quality of life through activities which enhance living.
  • All children accepted regardless of ability to pay.