The aim of the information day was to support parents of Haven House children aged 14 and older to make decisions about the transition process with their child.
In addition to the J’s Hospice – a Chelmsford-based charity that supports young adults between the ages of 16 and 40 – a number of other services from across north east London and Essex were in attendance. They included the transition team from the London borough of Waltham Forest and healthcare professionals from Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Haven House’s transition lead, Clare Anderson, gave a presentation to parents, and they were also given the chance to discuss the transition process with the various different service providers at the event.
“Increasing numbers of young people with life-limiting conditions are living longer. This means the transition from children’s services into adult services can be daunting for families and young people,” said Eileen White, interim director of care at Haven House.
“At Haven House we have a dedicated transition team who work closely with families to ensure they have the confidence and knowledge to make decisions about care for their child up to their 19th birthday.
“Our transition information day was an important opportunity to raise awareness about the support services available to parents whose children are approaching adulthood and to enable professionals to network and collaborate to support families.”
Following positive feedback from both parents and healthcare professionals, the hospice is planning to hold a similar event in May this year.
More information about the services on offer at Haven House is available on the hospice website.