“Our whole focus is that these children and their families can live with their life-threatening condition. It’s not always about the quantity of life, but the quality. Not just the length of life, but the depth of experience that they can have, given the right support.” Scott Schwantes, M.D., FAAP, Board Member
The mission of Crescent Cove 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 opening one of only a handful of children’s residential respite and hospice 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 open a children’s respite and hospice home in fall 2017 on Twin Lakes in Brooklyn Center, MN. This home 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.
Children and young adults, 0-21 years old, will be able to stay at Crescent Cove in one of the six bedrooms for respite stays and, as needed, a sacred place at the end-of-life. Along with therapy rooms and recreational space, a family suite will also be available so that families may stay together while enjoying a temporary get-away from the constant demands of care giving. 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.
Crescent Cove will be the only respite and hospice care facility in Minnesota where kids that have a life-threatening condition and their families can go for short breaks to rest, find comfort and feel safe while receiving quality palliative care during respite stays or at the end-of-life.
Crescent Cove’s Strategic Priorities
Crescent Cove’s strategic priorities include offering care and support to families, opening the first residential children’s hospice and respite care home in the Midwest, and advocating and raising awareness for families caring for a child with a shortened life-expectancy.
- Family Services
- Expand contact with and support and services, including therapy and integrative healing, to families caring for a child or young adult with a shortened life expectancy through connections to and referrals from pediatric palliative care clinicians. Learn more here.
- Purchased an existing residential hospice site in March 2017 and now in the renovation phase to open in the fall of 2017. Currently working on the development of the clinical team providing state-of-the-art care and service to families in addition to updating the home for children.
- To foster a national conversation regarding the need for a residential home for respite and end-of-life care within the pediatric palliative care continuum and to identify sustainable financial models and strategic alliances to ensure the success of these homes.
- Governor Dayton has signed the legislation that includes children and young adults in the Residential Hospice License! Click here to read the language. (line: 368.22 and goes to 370.6 )
- Pediatric Palliative Care Symposium:
- Crescent Cove is preparing for our 3rd annual Pediatric Palliative Care Symposium on September 27-28 about the The Crossroads of Caring for Another and Caring for Self. Learn more
We need the community’s support to make this home a reality.
Please follow our mission’s new developments and help us to raise the necessary capital dollars to open this home:
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- Questions? Contact us by email at info@CrescentCove.org
Thank you for your continued commitment to this need in our community, and our mission to support thousands of local families that need this support.
The Model of Crescent Cove
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.