The mission of Crescent Cove, formerly Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota, is to offer care and support to children and young adults with a shortened life-expectancy, and their families. We intend to fulfill this dream by creating one of only a handful of children’s residential hospice and respite care homes in the United States.
The first of its kind in the Midwest and the third to be built in this country.
Crescent Cove will provide short, respite breaks for children with life-threatening conditions and their families, and an option beyond the hospital or home environment for compassionate care at the end of life. Along with therapy rooms and recreational space, a family suite will be available so that families may stay together while enjoying a temporary get-away from the constant demands of caregiving. Skilled professionals will be on-site to provide daily care, meals, pain and symptom control, and therapies that include music, art, spiritual care and hydrotherapy.
Children and young adults, 0-21 years old will be able to stay at Crescent Cove in one of 6 bedrooms for respite stays and as needed, a sacred place at the end-of-life. The home will also include a family suite so that family may remain close if they choose while receiving physical and emotional respite, and have the opportunity to develop meaningful and supportive relationships with other families enduring similar experiences. See information on our new home to open in fall 2017.
Minnesota is recognized for its nationally renowned hospitals and programs for children. Hospitals are necessary for urgent, acute care and treatments, but not always ideal or necessary for respite or end-of-life care unless the child is in need of or desiring hospital-level care. Even though some hospitals may offer a larger room to accommodate a child who is dying and his/her family, they are typically near other hospital rooms where children are receiving acute care and treatment.
In fact, children’s hospital providers in the Twin Cities all agree that there is a great need for a pediatric hospice and respite care home, and it is our goal to work collaboratively. Crescent Cove will provide palliative care (pain and symptom control) during respite stays in between treatments and at the end-of-life, after treatments have been completed. In doing so, we will collaborate with the child’s primary provider and other organizations in our community that serve children.