"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly."
For infants and children who have been diagnosed with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, Valley Home Care’s Butterflies Program provides comprehensive home care services that focus on “palliative care” or the comfort and relief of suffering for the child, and support for their parents, siblings and extended family members.
Professional services can be delivered in the home, and may include nursing visits, consultations with physicians, clinical social work for support and resources, rehabilitation therapists, spiritual counseling, home health aide services, art therapy, grief counseling, and bereavement follow-up (if appropriate).
The Butterflies Program consists of a team of professionals who provide services including hospital visits and discharge planning to smooth the transition from hospital to home; home care services focusing on comfort and relief of suffering as well as curative or disease management treatments; follow-up visits in the hospital during readmissions; occasional respite care; and hospice services for care at the end of life with bereavement support for families.
The child’s team may include their physician, the Butterflies core team consisting of the medical director, nurse, social worker and chaplain; a volunteer, home health aide, art therapist and dietitian if needed; and physical, occupational and speech therapy if required. Pet and art therapy, as well as our End-of-Life Doula services, are also frequently used in this program.
Valley Hospice and Valley Home Care accept Medicaid and many private insurance plans. All children in Bergen and Passaic counties are accepted regardless of their ability to pay. Admission to The Butterflies Program is determined by the team consisting of the child’s physician, the Butterflies core team (medical director, nurse, social worker, and chaplain), and the child's parent(s) or guardian(s).
For more information, or to refer a child to the Butterflies Program, please call 201-291-6335.